A well-maintained septic tank can reduce the need to make costly repairs. The bacteria in the tank is constantly working to eliminate solid waste. It is a good idea for it to be cleaned at least once every three years to ensure it is working properly. It is best that it be checked by a professional contractor every year.
There are many things you could do to keep your tank clean. First, you should not use more water than you usually do. The more water in the tank, the more difficult it is for waste to break down. You can reduce water usage by using water-efficient toilets. You can also save water by not running the faucet while brushing your teeth or washing your dishes.
When wastewater from your home passes into the septic tank, it separates into three layers: solid waste (sludge), liquid waste (scum), and oil and grease. The solids settle to bottom of the tank and the oils, grease, and other substances rise to the top. The septic tank is populated with bacteria that breaks down some waste and distributes it in the leach field. The tank will need to be pumped when the sludge has reached the bottom.
Depending on the size and needs of your home, you need a tank that can handle the amount water you use. Most American adults use between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. This is equivalent to 90 gallons worth of solid waste per year. A septic tank’s standard performance is 50 percent less solids.
A chemical additive in your septic tank will not improve its function. In fact, they can cause more harm that good. For example, sodium hydroxide could cause more harm than good.
Septic tanks need very little maintenance. However, they must be pumped regularly to remove the solid waste that cannot flow into the leach field. Fortunately, most septic tanks don’t need pumping unless there is a significant sludge buildup. If you do notice a problem, it’s best to have it checked right away.
The septic company will pump your septic tank and also do a short inspection of the tank. These inspections can alert you to any problems. A septic inspection can be done once or several times during a property purchase. These inspections usually cost $100 to $300 and are rolled into the repair costs.
The size of your tank, as well the number of people who live in your home, will impact how often you need pump your septic tank. 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 person with a 1,000-gallon tank might need it every nine to 12, whereas a family of five might need it every two or three years.
You should consider putting a septic system on the site prior to laying the foundation for a new house. This way, contractors won’t be able to drive over the tank site while they’re building the house. This could slow down the building process. It will stop people from driving over the septic tank if it is located in an area that supplies are delivered. It is possible that you will need to wait until almost all of the building work is completed before you can have it installed.
It can be hard to determine how much a septic tank cleaning should cost. 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 to make a decision on the basis of guesswork. Although they are essential, they can be costly.