Businesses and homeowners have known for long the significance of a healthy septic system. Maintaining a septic system regularly makes sure that it functions properly, sans any odorous consequences.
Septic systems function by moving water from toilets (black water), and from showers and sinks (grey water) to a tank, in which it is separated into a liquid, solids, and a foam on top. Following this, bacteria break down the foam and solids into a more liquid state. Nest the comparatively clear liquid is pumped into a drain field in which it can be slowly absorbed into the soil safely and without generating any odor. With a better understanding of how the system works, you can prevent tank problems, learn how to maintain it, and schedule regular professional septic pumping.
Preventing Septic System Failure – DIY Tips
You can take several steps to keep the bacteria that live inside your septic system functional and alive.
- Stop using antibacterial cleaners and soaps. Although such products kill bad bacteria in your home and on your skin, they also eliminate helpful bacteria that break down foam and solids inside the tank. Your septic system can become clogged without these helpful bacteria.
- Do not keep non-biodegradable substances in your septic tank. Flushing or pouring oil, grease, pesticides, and non-biodegradable chemicals down the sink or toilet can upset the natural balance needed to liquefy waste products. Paper towels, baby diapers, and feminine products are examples of other non-biodegradable items. Always dispose of non-biodegradable items in the trash.
- Reduce the use of garbage disposal. Food waste, which does not contain the bacteria required to break it down, can overpower a system and counterbalance the natural processes required to ensure it functions properly.
- Reduce the number of baths taken and take shorter showers. Shower and bath water contains a minute amount of bacteria required to keep your septic tank healthy.
Spotting a Problem
Check the below-mentioned signs of potential problems, which could lead to costly repairs:
- Slow draining. Slow draining in businesses and homes connected to city water can imply too much residue inside the pipes. It reduces the flow rate and causes draining to slow down, particularly after heavy rain. However, in the case of the septic system, slow draining can indicate clogged or insufficient venting.
- Green grass. Everyone desires a lush and green lawn. However, too much growth over the drain field can indicate a leak. It is easier to spot this during the winter months when the remainder of your lawn is dry and brown, but a thorough evaluation of the area throughout the entire system can warn of possible snags.
- Septic alarms. The next generation septic systems have alarms, which alert you whenever there is a need for pumping or other issues.
- Bad smells. Ignoring a septic system that smells bad is simply unavoidable. Apart from the health these bad smells are associated with; they will penetrate your home, carpets, and furnishings. Once they have occurred, it is difficult to get rid of these smells, and it is an indication that it is time to call for professional help immediately.
Professional Septic Maintenance and Pumping
The commonest and effective way to avert septic tank failure is septic pumping. Most municipalities and towns have legal necessities to conduct septic tanks every 2-3 years. However, the pumping frequency suitable for your system depends on the amount of water that goes into the system, the tank’s size, and how much of that volume includes solids.
You can make repairs and maintenance less costly and easier if you map out your septic system. Do not forget to include the access points, pipelines, tank, and drain field.
When to Call the Professionals
You will need to call a professional if you observe signs of septic failure, as mentioned above. They will examine your system for problematic areas and propose helpful solutions long before it is time for major excavation. The septic pumping pros in your locality area know about Federal and local regulations concerning septic systems. This helps prevent fines and other legal snags.
Regular septic pumping and preventing septic system problems can keep your yard and home safe and smell sweet for decades.