What is a septic tank?

A septic tank is a watertight, underground wastewater treatment structure that holds and disposes of waste. Septic tanks use both nature and technology in order to dispose of wastewater. The system treats house wastewater created by bathrooms, kitchen drains and laundry rooms.

They dispose of liquid waste through a series of pipes that are buried in a leach field or other units created to release liquids into soil or surface water. Septic tanks are typical in rural areas that lack centralized sewer systems.

How long do septic systems last?

When cared for properly, septic tanks can provide long-term care of your household waste. Typically, septic tanks can last forty years and beyond. Unfortunately, septic tanks are privy to premature failure if they aren’t maintained properly. Problems that can occur include plumbing issues, structural problems or deterioration, and clogged drainfields. The latter is typically the most costly repair. If your septic tank’s absorption field is clogged, it must be changed immediately.

How often will my septic tank have to be checked?

You should try to get your septic tank serviced at least every three years. This should include septic tank pumping. However, septic tanks usually don’t have to be checked until you suspect there’s something wrong. There are a few warning signs that indicate septic tank failure. Here’s what to look for:

  • Gurgling noises
  • Slow drainage
  • Plumbing back ups
  • Bad aroma indoors or outdoors or both
  • New grass growth around a septic tank
  • Pooling water around the drainfield or septic tank

Call a professional

If you find your septic tank or house showing any warning signs, it’s time to call a professional you can trust. Five Star Septic is more than equipped to provide any septic tank maintenance in Fairfax Station, from septic pumping to septic tank cleaning and everything in between. Call Five Star Septic today to get quality care of your septic tank.

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