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 to have it cleaned at least every three years to make sure it is functioning properly. It is best that it be checked by a professional contractor every year.
There are many things you can do to keep your septic tank clean. First, you should not use more water than you usually do. The more water that is in the tank, it is more difficult for waste to be dissolved. You can reduce water consumption by using water efficient toilets, showerheads and washing machines. 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 the bottom of the tank, while the oils and grease rise to the top. The bacteria in the septic tanks breaks down some of this waste and distributes it to a leach field. Pumps will be required to remove the sludge once it reaches the bottom.
Depending on the size of your home, you should have a septic tank that will handle the amount of water you use. Most American adults use between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. This amounts to roughly 90 gallons per year of solid waste. The standard performance of a toilet is 50 percent of solids.
A chemical additive in your septic tank will not improve its function. They can actually do more harm than good. For example, sodium hydroxide could cause more harm than good.
Septic tanks are very easy to maintain. However, they need to be pumped frequently to remove solid waste that can’t flow into the leach fields. Unless there is significant sludge buildup, most septic tank do not need to be pumped. 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 alert you to any problems. A septic tank inspection can be done on a one-time basis or when purchasing a new property. These inspections are typically included in the repair costs and cost between $100 and $300.
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 that you pump your tank every three to five year. 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.
If you’re building a new house, you should consider building a septic tank on the site before laying the foundation of the house. Contractors won’t have to drive over the tank site as they build the house. This could delay the building process. If the septic system is located near where supplies are delivered, they will be unable to drive over it. So, you may have to wait until the building process is almost complete before you can get it installed.
It can be difficult to calculate the cost of septic tank cleaning. The best way to estimate the cost is to call three local companies. You should receive a detailed cost breakdown from the companies. This way, you won’t have to make a decision based on guesswork. Although they are essential, they can be costly.