Maintaining Your Property’s Septic Tank

Have you ever lived in a house with a septic system or are you living in one right now?  Are you planning to put in a septic system?  If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the next important question has to be, do you know how to take care and maintain the septic tank?  If no, then there are some things that you need to know to make sure that you are not exposed to bigger plumbing problems down the road.

Here are tips and trick from on how to maintenance your property septic tank

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The Septic System

The first rule in proper care and maintenance is to understand how it works.  This holds true for almost everything including the septic system.

The basic function of the septic system is to safely remove the waste from your home in case you are not connected to the sewer system of the municipality.  This means that all waste and water coming from the pipes in your home will eventually flow down to the septic tank that is buried underground.

Within the septic system the wastewater will be treated by the bacteria and breakdown the waste.  The larger particles will be separated and sink to the bottom of the tank where a sludge layer is formed.  Liquid waste will stay above the sludge and slows from the septic tank into the drain field.  The bacteria in the soil will continue with the treatment and breakdown the waste until it is finally absorbed by the groundwater.  The fats, proteins, and oils will form the scum layer that will not flow into the drain field.  These are the layers that make up your septic tank.

It is important to be aware of how your septic system works so that you can properly care and maintain it.  If you do not do so you may need to replace your septic system, which would cost you around $10,000 to $30,000.  Proper care and maintenance will also extend the life of you system and possibly fend off unnecessary repairs.

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Daily Care

What things can you do on a daily basis that will help to maintain the health of your septic system?  One of the best ways to help your septic system is to conserve water.  This will lessen the stress on your drain field and entire septic system as a whole.  Cutting down on water usage can be as simple as using or adding aerators on faucets and other plumbing fixtures.  Making sure that your plumbing system is leak-free will also help.

Scheduling regular septic pumping by professionals will also go a long way in extending the life of your septic system.  Take note of the things that get flushed down your toilet as well.  Anything that does not belong in there will eventually take its toll on your septic system.  Too much solid waste entering your septic system will stress the sludge layer requiring more frequent pumping.

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Regular Maintenance

You need to schedule septic pumping at least once every 2 years depending on factors like water usage and tank size.  It is equally important to have a regular schedule to preserve the functionality of the system.  The maintenance work should always be handled by a professional.  This should include the inspection and pumping of the solid waste from the tank.

Keep in mind that allowing the sludge layer to become too thick will render the bacterial action ineffective and will not dissolve the waste.  This will also hinder the smooth transfer of wastewater to the drain field.  By ensuring that professionals do the maintenance work you can be sure that toxic sewer gases will not pose any danger to you or your family.

These are the things that you need to know as a homeowner to safely maintain your septic tank.  Always remember to leave the maintenance work to licensed professionals.