Septic Tank Maintenance
Septic tanks that do not properly function can cause a homeowner thousands and thousands of dollars to repair according to the EPA. What if you don’t have to worry about your septic tank? There is an easy remedy for septic issues and it is called preventative maintenance. You manage to take your car into the dealer for regular and timely oil changes. This is a preventative measure for your car. Well your septic tank is no different. You have to watch for signs and try to stop things before they happen.
There are a variety reasons as to why septic tanks can have issues. You can usually tell if you are having problems with your septic tank if it omits a foul odor or you can see it backing up. In these severe cases it is wise to call in a plumber or someone who has knowledge in this area.
Preventative maintenance starts with having your septic tank pumped every three to five years. It helps you to avoid the buildup of sludge over time. It sounds great but septic tank repair compounds are bad. This can causes problems with you tank’s efficiency. You should also be careful of what you flush down your toilet; papers, plastic, cigarettes..etc should not be flushed they do not decompose and ends up clogging your system. If you take care of your septic system it will take care of you.
These are just a few things that can help you maintain your system and preventive things from happening. Septic tank repair can become quite costly, and most do not realize how bad it is until it is too late. So it is of grave importance to maintain your septic system.
How do you locate your septic tank?
Asking the previous owner is a good start. If the owner is unavailable you can contact the county or cities health department for records. If you still strike out you can crawl under your home and look where the drain line exits the home. Ususally the tank is no more than 5 to 10 feet from the foundation.
Use a steel rod that is smooth and approximately four feet long with a t-handle and start probing until you find the tank. Don't push too hard in case it's a plastic tank.