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.
The thought of taking responsibility for the proper handling and disposal of the raw sewage produced by your family is a terrifying one for most homeowners. After all, there is a lot at stake if something goes wrong. For example, raw sewage could back up into your home and do thousands of dollars in damage. Or your septic drain field could become overloaded and fail without warning, allowing bacteria-laden gray water and effluent to pool on the surface of a neighbor's land.
While these and other potential problems can occur, homeowners who use their system wisely and work to maintain it properly probably have little risk of experiencing these issues. If you are wondering what is needed to properly maintain your septic system, this convenient guide can help you become more at ease with this responsibility.
The first task for homeowners regarding septic system maintenance is to learn the layout and location of all system components. This information may be found on documents from the purchase of the home, such as your septic inspection report. It may also be available through records from the county health department or notated on the plat map for the property that should be recorded in the land records for your county.
Once you have this knowledge, it is important to conduct periodic walking inspections of the area to look for any signs that the septic system is struggling to properly process waste. Signs to watch for include excessive moisture when there has been no recent rainfall, sewage odors, sunken areas over the septic tank, and pooling water. If any of these are noted, homeowners should stop using the system and schedule an inspection with a septic system maintenance service.
Limit harmful materials
The next step in proactively maintaining your home septic system is to educate family members about the dangers of introducing potentially harmful materials into the system. Excess toilet tissue can cause clogs and be harmful, but the worst offenders will be items such as moistened towelettes, paper towels, cotton swabs, makeup applicators, feminine hygiene products, grease, and chemicals, all of which can quickly overload the system and cause it to fail.
As part of limiting the use of non-digestible waste products, homeowners can help limit the damage that this type of misuse might cause by having their septic tank pumped on a regular schedule.
To learn more about correctly maintaining your home's septic system, including how to decide when it should be serviced and pumped, take time to discuss your situation and septic tank size with a reputable septic system maintenance service as soon as possible.