Welcome to my site. My name is Jorge. The septic company sent a notice to my home recently about pumping out the tank. After living in my home for a few years, it was time to service the septic tank to keep it in good condition for years afterward. I watched in awe as the septic truck cleared the tank and restored the function of the system. I will use this site to discuss the process of servicing the septic tank. I will also talk about repairs commonly performed on the septic components. I hope you will visit often to learn more.
A septic tank is one of the most useful parts of your home, even if you never see it or interact with it. All the proof of this you need is quite evident whenever there is a problem with your plumbing. Unfortunately, septic tanks aren't just useful; they are also quite dangerous.
Waste is broken down in the septic tank by bacteria, and this releases methane. Methane is a highly flammable gas that is actually one of the key components of the gases used for cooking and heating around the house. However, in the septic tank, an explosive gas is the last thing you need. How can you keep your home safe?
Avoid All Kinds of Flames Near the Septic Tank
As flammable as methane is, it's unlikely to ignite unless there is an open flame or some other heat source in close proximity to it. This is why you should never have something like an open flame near the septic tank.
This may not be too difficult in many cases, but if you have a smoker in the house, a carelessly discarded cigarette can be a problem. Brush fires can also be a problem if you live in an area that experiences wildfires.
Check for Electrical Hazards Near the Tank
Fire isn't the only thing that can ignite methane. An electrical spark will also be sufficient, and this is why you should watch out for any electrical wire hazards in the vicinity of the tank.
Ideally, you should ensure that the septic tank or the electrical wires are installed well away from the other. However, if this is unavoidable, you'll need to be careful when working on either the septic tank or the electrical wires. Ensure the location of the wires is properly marked to avoid the risk of accidental damage that can lead to sparking.
Work Cautiously Around Septic Tanks
As explosive as methane gas is, it can be just as dangerous when it's not ignited. Methane can knock you out or cause you to become unconscious. This creates the risk of falling into the septic tank if the cover has been removed. This is why you should take certain precautions when working on a septic system. Some of the things you should do include the following:
Avoid working alone around septic tanks.
Avoid leaning over septic tanks.
Ensure you have the right equipment, including a breathing apparatus, before working in a septic tank.
Contact a residential septic service for assistance with your septic tank.