Septic systems do not require much in the way of maintenance. In fact, your system may operate just fine for so long that you stop thinking about it. This is a mistake, however. Preventing septic problems is relatively easy, but fixing them can be complicated and expensive. Consider these common questions when it comes to septic maintenance.
My system is working fine. I haven’t had any problems, so why do I need septic service?
In a properly functioning septic system, all the wastewater from your house goes into the tank. Solids sink to the bottom, while fats and oils float to the top. The water in the middle flows out to the leach field. Problems occur when the solids on the bottom build up or the top layer gets too thick. They can flow into the leach field, blocking the pipes. Once this happens, the leach field needs to be replaced, which can cost thousands of dollars. Solids can also cause deposits in your tank, where you’ll have to replace the tank. Septic pumping must be done to remove these solids. If the system fails, they must be replaced at a huge price tag.
I use bacterial additives for my septic tank. Shouldn’t that completely take care of it?
Bacterial additives, which are helpful in routine upkeep, breaks down about half of the solids in the tank. Over time though, remaining solids continue to build up, and periodic septic pumping is required. Using bacteria in your septic system is like changing oil in your car. They’re both important to keep systems running smoothly, but occasionally, a professional should inspect and do some work on them.
How do I know if my septic tank is too full?
The best way to find out is to have a professional plumbing inspection before it causes problems. If you don’t catch it first, you will notice water will slowly drain and sewer odors. Sewage can back up into your house too. There might also be swampy overflow in your soil in your yard above your tank or leach field.
It doesn’t take much active work to keep your septic system working, but prevention is key. To do that, be sure to schedule your septic tank inspection with a trusted professional plumber. Contact us at Brian Wear Plumbing and let us keep your system worry-free.