Keeping your septic tank clean and well-maintained can help reduce the need for costly repairs. The tank’s bacteria is constantly working to remove solid waste. It is a good idea that it be cleaned at the least once every three year to ensure it is in good condition. 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 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 reduce water consumption by not running the tap while you brush your teeth and wash 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. A pump is required to remove the sludge from the tank’s bottom.
Depending on the size and needs of your home, you need a tank that can handle the amount water you use. American adults consume between 80 to 100 gallons of drinking water each 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. In fact, they can cause more harm that good. For example, sodium hydroxide can increase the alkalinity of the system, which can accelerate clogging and lead to sludge buildup.
Septic tanks don’t require much maintenance. They must be pumped on a regular basis to remove any solid waste that is not allowed to flow into the leach field. 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 identify potential problems. A septic tank inspection can be done on a one-time basis or when purchasing a new property. These inspections can cost anywhere from $100 to $300, and are often included in the repair cost.
The size of your tank as well as the number of people in your home will determine how often you need to 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 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 be allowed to drive over the tank 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. You may need to wait until the construction is complete before you can install it.
It can be difficult to calculate the cost of septic tank cleaning. Calling three local companies is the best way of estimating 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.