Septic tanks are installed in 25% homes in the U.S. They are a cost-efficient and clean way to jettison wastewater. If managed adequately, septic tanks can give you many years of trouble-free sewage drainage. A primary component of septic system maintenance is regular septic tank inspection and pumping. Having the tank inspected regularly will help you determine when pumping is necessary.
Two major things that influence the frequency of septic tank pumping are how the system is used and the number of people using it. Naturally, the more people use the system, the more wastewater is created. This isn’t something you can argue about, but it is essential to keep in mind when considering scheduling septic system maintenance.
Most septic tanks need inspection about once every three years. Specific systems with mechanical components will probably require inspection a little more often. Your system’s documentation’s column about recommended inspections will be useful.
The determinants of septic tank pumping are the layers of sludge and slim formed in the tank. An inspector checks these layers during the inspection. Both these layers of filth are highly dependent on how the system is installed and utilized. The primal installation factor is the size of the tank to the size of the house. A system too small for the home will need to be pumped more often.
Factors to keep in mind
- Know what to expect: Call around and get prices for inspection and pumping including locating the lids for the septic tank. Ask each inspector what the inspection will include so that you can compare more accurately.
- Be prepared: Just because you have gone 10 years peeping at your septic system doesn’t mean your tank will last much longer. It’s always better to get a new septic system before being caught up in an emergency situation.
- Careful water management: You must realize that even small leaks from a bath or shower can lead to hundreds of gallons of water over time filling your tank faster than expected. Save water!
- Keep vital records: Write down the capacity, size, and age of your septic tank. Keep track of all inspections and pumping for future reference and service.
- Reduce water use: Using highly efficient water saving plumbing fixtures, such as faucets and toilets, can reduce the quantity of water that goes into these pumps.
- Avoid system clogging: You should always monitor the solid waste that enters the septic system. Make sure never to let plastic bags, and other items flush into your septic system. This practice could clog the system and require you to call for immediate maintenance.
There is no standard metric to determine when you should have your septic tank pumped. But it is advised to maintain certain checks and balances so that your system remains intact. Timely inspections and safe practices are keys to keeping your septic system clean and your home safe.