As a homeowner, it is important to maintain each and every aspect of your property, as this helps to prevent deterioration and disrepair while maintaining—and sometimes improving—your property value. While interior design and landscaping are important aspects, you need to focus on less visible tasks as well like your septic system. Here are a few do's and don't's that you will want to keep in mind to ensure your residential septic system is in tip-top shape.
Do Schedule Tank Inspections
It is important that your septic tank undergoes a professional inspection every three to five years at minimum, as this will help ensure that all components are working properly. A professional will assess the levels of bacteria and check fluid versus solid levels in the tank. The septic tank will also undergo an inspection for cracks and any intrusions of roots. If your septic system has a filter, it will be cleaned.
Don't Hesitate to Schedule Tank Pumping
The majority of household septic systems require pumping at the same interval as the inspection. The pumping will remove most of the waste that is inside the tank so that you can continue using the tank with no serious issues. By keeping to this schedule for pumping, you are minimizing the risk for the septic tank overflowing as well as any related issues that can result in expensive damage to your home and potentially costly repairs.
Do Manage the Drain field
When you have an issue with your waste management system, it isn't uncommon for the issue to not be with the septic tank and be something else—the drain field. Make sure to keep a close eye on your drain field and ensure that you never install a patio, garden bed, or anything else over the top of it. In addition, the drain field should never be overly wet and should remain grassy. If you notice raw sewage seeping into the drain field or pooling water, then these are indications that there is a problem that requires immediate professional attention.
Don't Procrastinate Calling a Professional
If you see water coming up the bathroom tub when you are running the dishwasher or notice a foul odor coming up from the basement, it is imperative that you get in contact with a residential septic service immediately. Don't put it off thinking that the problem will remedy itself or that the issue is a small one, as it can quickly turn into a larger, costly problem in several hours.
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.