Septic Tank 101

The only way to keep your septic tank system functioning properly is to have the tank solids pumped by a local pumping service. While the need for pumping depends on size, usage and wastes added, it is recommended by many local health authorities and the Environmental Protection Agency that a system be pumped every 3 to 5 years. While the pumping frequency may vary, every septic tank should be pumped every 5 to 7 years maximum. Failure to maintain a regular pumping schedule, or the use of additives can cause more solids to pass through the septic tank increasing the likelihood of drainfield failure.

It is only during a pumpout that the septic tank can be inspected for possible leaks and the baffles inspected.

These are the only things that generally go wrong with a septic tank itself. If either of these fail, it is a serious problem that must be addressed immediately. The baffles help prevent grease, oils, and solids from passing through the septic tank to the drainfield. The inlet and outlet baffle can only be inspected during a cleanout. If the baffles are damaged in any way, they must be replaced immediately. The is less costly than drainfield replacement.

The most common Septic System Care program consists of pumping the tank every few years and then the system is forgotten about. This pattern can continue for many years, however, there will come a time that your system will need serious attention and costly replacement. Septic Systems fail when when the absorption field no longer accepts and filters the drain water from your home. The septic tank, which is designed to separate and decompose the solid waste from the homes drain water, overflows with excess water and waste when the absorption field not longer accepts water. The result is smelly septic gasses; slow running drains, soggy lawn and frequent pumping of the septic tank.

We are all guilty of abusing our septic tank at some point in time. It may range from excessive water usage, failure to repair a leaky faucet, or dumping some hazardous solvents or liquids down the drain. A simple rule is “ If you cannot eat it, then it probably will be damaging or difficult for your septic system to process”!

How to restore a failed septic tank system:

They could replace the failed soil absorption component, install a more expensive active septic tank system., or be forced to install a holding tank. Replacement systems generally have a cost range from $5,000 to 30,000.00


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