The septic system is an indispensable part of the home. The septic tank is the device that removes, cleanses, and returns clean water to the water table. An issue with the septic tanks can be a very serious problem that can be expensive to fix or replace. For this reason, it is essential that every homeowner maintain their septic tank.
One way to make sure your septic system remains working properly is getting the tank pumped every couple of years, depending how much it is used. If you do not have the tank pumped, then over time the solids laying at the bottom of the tank will accumulate and a layer of scum will form as the water flows through the septic and out to the drain field. Eventually a blockage will develop which can block the system and cause a sewer backup. It can go right into the basement. When determining when you should have the tank pumped, consider the storage volume of the septic tank, the amount of waste coming from the garbage disposals and toilets everyday, and the volume of wastewater you produce per day and per person.
Another way to maintain the septic system is to keep items that can cause damage out of the septictanks. This includes such items as: kitty litter, paper towel, grease, paint, oil, chemicals, and anything else that does not belong in the plumbing system. It is important to be aware that garbage disposals can double the amount of waste going into the septic tank.
A plumbing system inspection by a plumber will not only help maintain the septic systems, but also the entire system. A plumber will look for damaged or worn pipes, leaks, problems with plumbing fixtures such as toilets, showers, and faucets, as well as any issues with drainage. A plumber will also check the condition of the hot water tank. Any problems found can be easily repaired before the problem gets worse. As well, adding bacterial enzymes to the septic tank will ensure the waste is properly broken down in the tank. It is a good idea to add a bacterial additive monthly.
You can also take measures to protect and maintain the drain field. For instance, clear out any tree roots and other plant life that is near the tank. Make sure cars are not parked on top of the septic tank. You can prevent flooding of the septic tank area by diverting excess water away from the septic system area, including the drain field. As well, you should direct water away from the septic tank that comes from roof drains and sump pump drains. Too much water can hinder the septic treatment process and cause a septic systems backup. It is important to protect all of the plumbing system components from damage and flooding.
Because the septic tank and system is such a vital part of the home, it is important to properly maintain it to prevent problems. A properly functioning septic will not only save you money, but it will extend the life of the septic system.