Have you recently purchased a home that has a septic tank? Are you confused about what you need to do to ensure that a septic tank system continues to function correctly for as long as possible? A septic tank system isn't necessarily all that different than one that is hooked up to a city sewer line, but there are some differences that you need to know about. As long as you keep these things in mind, your septic tank should continue functioning for some time to come. The most important of these things include the following.
Needs emptying: You may already know that a septic tank needs to be emptied out every so often, but it is something that not everyone realizes. What people who have never had one before don't realize is that the frequency of septic tank pumping is going to depend on a variety of factors and will be different for every household. If you work from home and only leave to go shopping or meet friends somewhere, your tank will need to be pumped out more frequently than a household where everyone works and is rarely home at all. In general, a tank will need to be pumped every 3-5 years or so, but this is not a guaranteed timeframe.
More sensitive: When you pour things down a drain in a city sewer system, it's easy to think that potentially troublesome substances are not your problem since they just get flushed away. But when you have a septic tank, everything is your problem. But if you want to avoid having to pay for septic tank pumping on a yearly basis, there are some things that you especially need to avoid. This includes cat litter, baby wipes, paper towels, and anything else that doesn't specifically say that it's safe for use with a septic system.
Shouldn't smell: It's not completely uncommon for you to be able to smell a septic tank on very hot summer days. However, if the day is cool and you are smelling the odor of raw sewage, this is not normal. It could indicate a problem with the tank itself, such as a leak somewhere, or it could simply mean that you need to schedule a septic tank pumping as soon as possible. The only way to know for sure is to contact a professional to have the tank pumped out and inspected for any potential faults.
For more information on septic tank pumping and maintenance, contact a local septic service.
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.