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 to have it checked by a professional contractor at the very least once a month.
There are many ways you can help your septic system stay clean. You should use less water than you normally do. The more water in the tank the more difficult it will be for waste to be broken down. You can reduce water use by using water-efficient toilets, showerheads, and washing machines. You can also save water if you don’t run the faucet while you brush your teeth or wash 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. Bacteria in the septic tank break down some of the waste and distribute it to the leach field. Pumps will be required to remove the sludge once it reaches the bottom.
You should have a septic tank to handle the water you use, depending on the size of the home. Most American adults use between 80 and 100 gallons of water a day. This amounts to roughly 90 gallons per year of solid waste. A septic tank should be capable of reducing solids by 50 percent.
The use of chemical additives in your septic system will not improve its performance. They can actually do more harm than good. Sodium hydroxide, for example, can add more alkalinity to the system, which can cause accelerated clogging and cause a sludge buildup.
Most septic tanks require very little maintenance. They do need to be pumped every so often to remove any solid waste which is not allowed into the leach area. 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 not only pump your septic tank but also inspect it. These inspections can identify potential 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 you pump your tank once every three-five years. However, depending on your particular situation, you may need to pump more often 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. This way, contractors won’t be able to drive over the tank site while they’re building the house. This could cause delays in the construction process. If the septic system is located near where supplies are delivered, they will be unable to drive 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. The best way to estimate the cost is to call three local companies. Three companies should be able give you a written breakdown of the cost. This way, you won’t have to make a decision on the basis of guesswork. Septic tanks are expensive but necessary.