Have you recently moved into a home that relies on a septic system? While your plumbing may look the same on the outside, there are some key differences internally when you compare a septic system to a sewer system. First and foremost, you are now the sole responsible party in terms of maintaining and repairing your septic tank when needed. Therefore, it’s time to to understand the details of what a septic system needs to function best.
If you are new to septic tank ownership, here are some basic guidelines to become familiar with:
#1 Septic Tank Cleaning
Septic tank cleaning should not be confused with septic tank pumping. Not all septic companies will take the extra step to clean your septic tank after pumping out the waste and solid scum. Be sure to choose a company who considers a septic cleaning as part of their routine maintenance.
#2 Septic Tank Pumping
Pumping your septic tank is non-negotiable if you want it to retain its function and lifespan. Septic pumping involves removing the wastes that cannot dissolve in the tank. This solid layer of scum and sludge builds up over time and will lead to a septic failure and backup if ignored. How often your septic tank needs to be pumped depends on the size of your tank, number of occupants in your household and details of your water usage. In general, septic tanks are pumped every 3 to 5 years.
#3 Septic Tank Inspection
A septic tank inspection also needs to happen on a routine basis as part of your septic services. This involves letting an expert carefully inspect and evaluate your septic system for cracks and malfunctions within the tank as well as the pipes and drain field around the tank. An inspection is typically required when buying or selling a home and it can also tell you how much life is left in your septic tank.
#4 Smart Septic Practices
It is critical that your entire household understands the rules for flushing and draining when you are on a septic tank. Nothing besides “septic-safe” toilet paper and wastes should be flushed down your toilets. It is also important that harsh chemicals are not put into your drains, as this can disrupt the healthy pH balance in your septic tank and threaten its ability to do its job. Always consult a septic professional when questioning a certain product you want to flush or drain.
At Metro Septic, we welcome new customers in the North Atlanta area. We are your source for septic installation as well as septic maintenance, cleaning, repairs and inspections. To learn about our affordable rates and superior service, please call Metro Septic today.