A well-maintained septic tank can reduce the need to make costly repairs. Bacteria in the tank are constantly working to break down solid waste. It is a good idea to have it cleaned at least every three years to make sure it is functioning properly. It is best for it to be checked by a professional contractor once a year.
There are many ways you can help your septic system stay clean. One of the first things you should do is use less water than you typically would. The more water in the tank, the more difficult it is for waste to break down. You can reduce water consumption by using water efficient toilets, showerheads and washing machines. You can also reduce water consumption by not running the tap while you brush your teeth and wash dishes.
The septic tank separates wastewater from your home into three layers: solid waste, liquid waste (scum), oil and grease. The solids settle at the bottom of the tank while the oils and grease rise up to the top. The bacteria in the septic tanks breaks down some of this waste and distributes it to a leach field. A pump is required to remove the sludge from the tank’s bottom.
Depending on how big your home is, you will need a septic system that can handle the amount you use. Americans consume between 80 and 100 gallons per day. This amounts to roughly 90 gallons per year of solid waste. The standard performance of a toilet is 50 percent of solids.
The use of chemical additives in your septic system will not improve its performance. In fact, they could cause more harm than good. For example, sodium hydroxide could cause more harm than good.
Septic tanks are very easy to maintain. They do need to be pumped every so often to remove any solid waste which is not allowed into the leach area. Fortunately, most septic tanks don’t need pumping unless there is a significant sludge buildup. It is important to immediately notify your local health department if you suspect a problem.
Septic companies will inspect your tank after pumping it. These inspections can help you identify any potential problems. An inspection of the septic tank can be performed on a single occasion or when you purchase a new property. These inspections are typically included in the repair costs and cost between $100 and $300.
How often you should pump your septic tank depends on the size of your tank and the number of people living in your home. The EPA recommends pumping your tank once every three to five years. However, your specific situation may require a more frequent pumping than this. A single person may only need to pump their 1,000-gallon tank every nine to twelve years, while a family of five may need to pump every two to three.
Before you start building a house, it is a good idea to install a septic tank. Contractors won’t be allowed to drive over the tank while they’re building the house. This could delay the building process. If the septic tanks are located in an area where supplies are delivered it will prevent them driving over it. Before you can get it in place, you might have to wait until all the construction is done.
It can be difficult to estimate the cost of a septic tank clean. Three local companies are the best way to estimate the cost. You should receive a detailed cost breakdown from the companies. This way you won’t have make guesswork about the cost of your project. Although they are essential, they can be costly.