If you've always lived in homes connected to the public sewers before, moving into a home with a septic tank may leave you with some questions. Septic systems are not as complicated to maintain and utilize as you may imagine, and looking over the following information should help to allay most of your concerns.
Pumping The Tank
All of the waste that is flushed down your toilets and all of the water that goes down your drain ends up in your septic tank. The solid waste sinks to the bottom and slowly decomposes. As it breaks down, particles slowly wash out of the tank and into the soil surrounding the tank. However, most people add solid waste to their tanks faster than that waste breaks down. So, you'll need to have the tank pumped out occasionally to prevent the tank from overfilling. Most homeowners will need to pump their tanks every three years, but if you have a garbage disposal, you should pump yours every year as the disposal will add additional solid waste to the tank.
Watching For Problems
When your home has a septic tank, you always want to keep your eye out for signs that the tank is full or that the pipes that lead to it are blocked. If you notice any of these signs, contact your septic service promptly:
In addition to having your tank pumped out, there are a few day-to-day precautions you can take to prevent issues with your septic system.
Living with a septic tank does require a bit more attention to detail than living in a home connected to a sewer. But before long, the maintenance discussed above will become second nature.
For septic tank services, contact a company such as Martin Septic Service Inc.Share