If you are like most homeowners, you probably rarely think about your septic tank. Like all other household appliances, your septic tank needs regular attention and maintenance in order to function efficiently. A worn out or broken tank can greatly lower the value of your home, as they typically cost a lot to repair. By having an expert check it out on a regular basis, you can avoid these expensive fixes by addressing any issues right away.
A well-running septic tank also ensures that your home and family stay in good health. If things are going haywire, the groundwater, as well as nearby ponds, lakes, or streams, may become contaminated, leading to countless health issues for anyone exposed. The more these bacteria spread, the more likely people throughout your town will become affected. Stopping this issue before it occurs is vital in maintaining safety throughout your home and town.
Practicing Regular Maintenance
So, what does regular maintenance for a septic tank entail? Check out some of our guidelines below!
- Inspections: Basic recommendations are to schedule a professional inspection every 3 years. This amount may increase based on how many people are living in the household, the tank’s size, and how much wastewater is generated. If you feel your tank is put to use more than a normal amount, consider scheduling annual inspections at least one every 2 years.
- Pumping: You should make certain your tank gets pumped at least once every few years. A professional can let you know whether or not a pumping is necessary and when you may need to schedule one down the line. Maintain records of the professional’s analysis, so you are better aware of when to schedule needed services.
- Monitor Water Usage: How you use your water throughout the house can play a big role in your septic tank’s overall functioning. The less water you use, the less waste your tank will receive, thus decreasing the chance of issues occurring. Investing in high-efficiently toilets, shower heads, and other appliances are one way to cut back on water. Another option is to minimize water use as much as you can – every little bit helps!
- Dispose Properly: Be very cautious as far as what you are sending through your pipes. Never flush anything that could potentially cause damage and try to err on the safe side when you send your leftover food down the garbage disposal. Oil, gas, coffee grounds, cat litter, paper towels, and paint are just some of the many items that should never be flushed down a household drain.
If you are having drainage or plumbing issues, turn to the experts at Stadler Plumbing today. Our staff are trained and certified, and we pride ourselves on being a company that you can depend on. Check out our website to view our extensive list of services or give us a call and speak with a professional today! We look forward to helping you out with all of your plumbing needs!