Septic tank maintenance: The importance of regular Pumping and Inspection


Septic tank maintenance: The importance of regular Pumping and Inspection

A septic tank system is a vital component of your home. While the system often goes unnoticed, it is hard at work twenty-four hours a day treating and disposing of your household waste. As the old adage “out of sight out of mind” implies, many homeowners ignore or fail to schedule regular septic tank maintenance. A neglected septic system can lead to a myriad of problems such as an unpleasant sewage odor, seeping or overflowing septic tanks and leach fields in addition to backed up or overflowing toilets that could introduce toxic sewage into your home. If your home utilizes a septic tank system, you should take the following steps to maintain the system and avoid the potential of costly septic system repairs or damage to your property.

How often should you clean or Pump the System
While opinions will vary on how often you should clean or pump your septic tank, most industry experts agree that the system should be pumped every 3 to 5 years. This is just an estimate, as the frequency of pumping will depend on the number of occupants living in the household and the overall health and condition of the system and leach field.

What to Expect during a Cleaning or Pumping
During a routing septic pumping, your plumbing contractor will arrive in a large pump truck. After removing the manhole cover, they insert a vacuum hose, which removes the sludge that builds up inside the tank. The sludge is transported to a nearby sewage treatment plant where it is disposed of properly. It is a good idea to practice solid record keeping when servicing your septic tank so you know when to repeat the septic tank maintenance process.

Septic Tank Inspection
According to the National Environmental Services Center, a good practice is to have your septic system inspected annually to monitor system health and sewage levels. As a bare minimum, you should at least schedule an inspection during pumping, when potential problems are easier to identify. Septic inspections should include a both the septic tanks and leach or absorption field. Potential problems can include drainage issues, root growth, cracked septic tanks, damaged or collapsed pipes and sludge contamination in the leach field. Failure to identify and address these problems can lead to costly septic tank or leach field repairs in the future.

You can help to maintain a healthy septic system by minimizing the use of harsh, household chemicals and reducing the amount of water you use whenever possible.

For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.