Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Troubleshooting Septic Problems

Questions To Ask Before Installing A Septic Tank

by Max Wagner

Are you thinking about building a new vacation cabin? Will this place be mostly off-grid, with no access to a city sewer system? If you're used to a city sewer system, thinking about a septic tank can seem confusing. Before you agree to any septic tank installation, here are some questions you may want to ask about the system itself:

Is a tank of this size going to work for this cabin? The optimal size of a septic tank is going to depend on how many people will be using the place, how much water will be used by these people, and how often they will visit. In general, the larger the tank you have put in, the less often the tank will need to be pumped. If the cabin is going to be used by just a couple people on a few weekends a year, you may choose a smaller tank for installation than if your cabin will be occupied by many people for most of the summer. If your cabin is far from the nearest city, the travel fees for each pumping will obviously be higher than a home that's in closer proximity. A good expert will help you weigh the different options and help you to choose the best size for your septic tank installation.

Is this really the best location for future water well drilling? When you plan on having a well on your property, this must be taken into consideration when choosing where to place your septic tank. As a part of their normal function, septic tanks normally discharge water that flows through them and they retain any solids. Because of this, a septic tank has the possibility of contaminating nearby water sources if not placed correctly. If your cabin is going to be located on the side of a mountain, septic tank placement can become even more complicated. You'll need to consult with both septic tank experts and well drilling experts to ensure that your waste water is handled in a sanitary manner.

What can be done to maintain a healthy septic system? The best time to start thinking about septic tank maintenance is before the septic tank installation even begins. By maintaining the tank from the beginning, your tank can last longer and you'll have fewer problems with the system over the years. Aside from having your tank pumped out every year or every few years, depending on the size and usage of the tank, there are a few things that you can do. Try to avoid putting bleach or other antibacterial products down the drain. A septic tank relies on certain beneficial bacteria to break down solid waste and antibacterial products will destroy that balance. You can help retain a healthy bacterial load by purchasing certain bacterial products and putting them down the drain. This is an especially good idea when opening the cabin for spring or summer since both winter and the absence of new waste to digest can allow the helpful bacteria in a septic tank to die off while the cabin is unused. Your local septic tank professional may have other things that will help prolong the life of a septic system. 

To learn more, contact a company like AMERICAN SEPTIC SERVICES LLC


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Troubleshooting Septic Problems

When we first purchased our home in the mountains, I had no idea what I was up against. Whenever we would visit, I was surprised to see and smell the way that the property had changed. I realized that the vacation home always smelled like sewage, and it was really worrisome. I knew that I needed to do something to make things right, so I started looking into the plumbing system. I discovered that we had a septic tank, and that it needed to be pumped. This blog is all about troubleshooting septic system problems so that you can keep your place clean and sanitary.