A septic system connected to your home is a great way for you to have access to your own waste treatment system without being connected to the city sewer system. However, a septic system's maintenance is your responsibility, so you need to follow some general guidelines and specific rules for its continued operation. Here are some considerations to help you take the best care of your home's septic system.
Arrange For Tank Cleaning and Inspection
No matter how perfectly you take care of your home septic system, it will need to be pumped out every few years. Based on the size of your tank and how much waste your household produces or how many people in your household, the frequency of the pumping can be anywhere from three to five years. However, you may need to have your system pumped sooner than that, especially if you experience signs of a backup or the drainfield flooding.
When it is time for your tank to be pumped clean of its contents, your septic professional can complete the task for you. It is a good idea to always hire a professional septic service to handle this so they can remove and dispose of the waste properly because it contains harmful microorganisms, and it is actually illegal in some states for you to handle it yourself.
Your septic professional will be able to check the tank interior for any problems, such as cracks, corrosion, collapse, and any electrical alarm components inside the tank after it has been pumped clean. It is a good idea for you to get a tank evaluation and make sure it is still holding waste as it needs to. Some tanks may need a replacement due to damage and problems that can occur with time, so a cleaning and inspection is a good time to evaluate your tank's health.
Take Care of Your Drainfield Lines
Next to your septic tank, the drainfield is a pretty important component of the system. The drainfield disperses liquid waste into the surrounding soil safely while the tank collects the solid waste. But if your drainfield becomes damaged by the weight of a vehicle driving on the site, tree roots from nearby growth, or a clog because your tank is over capacity and has not been pumped, you may have to replace or repair part of the drainfield. Anytime you experience a problem in the drainfield or signs of damage, your septic professional can evaluate and complete any necessary maintenance to your system.
For more information, contact a septic pumping service in your area.