If there is a septic tank on your property, there are some things you should know. The septic tank is your solution to lack of access to a municipal sewer main, and that alone, of course, is the major benefit of septic tank ownership. However, you’ll have to put some thought into septic tank maintenance, even though you’d likely rather not.
It’s better to deal with routine septic tank maintenance than to have to remediate a situation that leaves raw sewage on your property. For more about septic tank maintenance, contact one of our professionals or read our informational guide.
What You Should Know about How Septic Tanks Work
If you’re a new septic tank owner, you should know where your septic tank is located. You can contact a plumber to help you find it, or check the drawings for your property. You can also look around for manhole covers. Not sure if you really have a septic tank? You’ll know if the city isn’t charging you for sewer services! In addition, many people with septic tanks also use well water.
The way a septic tank works is not too difficult to understand and is mainly centered around natural scientific processes. The large watertight septic tank is not the only part of your septic system; there’s also a drain field where effluent, or wastewater, disposes through a perforated pipe. When waste moves to the septic tank, the two part compartment naturally separates sludge from liquids, while grease rises to the top. The water in the middle is discharged to the drain field that’s accepted by the soil.
General Tips for Septic Tank Maintenance
You want to avoid waste filling up your septic tank too quickly or clogging up the system. These tips can help keep your septic tank working properly.
- Use only biodegradable toilet paper, and flush NOTHING else.
- Avoid allowing grease, fats, and oils go into the sink.
- Conserve water throughout the house to reduce the amount filling up the tank.
- Regularly schedule inspections and pumping of your septic tank.
How Often Should You Pump a Septic Tank? It Depends
The amount of time you have to schedule septic tank pumping depends largely on the size of your tank and the amount of people in your household. If the tank is the right size for your needs, and if you take care of your drains and your sewer system, you should only need to have the tank pumped every 3-5 years. Consult a plumber if you are not sure.
Signs Septic Tank Service Is Urgent
It’s vital that you don’t wait too long for septic tank pumping. The longer you wait, the more likely you’ll run into issues that require urgent repairs and that create a health hazard on your property. Routinely schedule septic tank pumping, no matter what, but watch out for the signs that this service may be more urgent than you think:
- Wastewater or sewage backing up through drains.
- Excess water or soil in the yard.
- Grass that appears to have some extra fertilization.
- Wet, spongy areas of grass.
- Odors in the yard.
Allstar Home Services offers septic tank services in Riverside, CA and throughout the area. Call our team today for more information.