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Three Reasons to Have Your Septic Tank Checked

Dec 22nd 2015 at 1:56 AM

While septic systems are out of sight, they should never be far from mind.A well-maintained septic system can last for years without any problems, while a neglected one may require premature replacing. If you own a home with a septic tank, or are considering purchasing a residence that uses this system, it is imperative that you schedule a thorough inspection.An examination will reveal whether or not the tank needs to be pumped, if there is any damage to the reservoir, and if the system is designed to support current and future use.

 

Homeowners should have the waste level in their septic tanks checked at least every two years.As sewage leaves the home and enters the holding reservoir, solid waste settles to the bottom while liquid rises to the top.As the solid waste layer rises over time, it grows closer to the outlet pipe.If waste is allowed to rise to this exit, it will begin to drain into the distribution box and may even flow into the drain field.

 

The distribution box and drain field are designed to handle liquid runoff and customarily do a great job keeping up with this waste.If solids enter this part of the system, however, portions of pipe can become clogged and waste may begin to back up within the system and to enter the drain field.A checkup will reveal the height of solid waste in the septic tank in relation to the outlet pipe and whether or not it is time to remove that sludge by pumping.Timely extraction ensures that the drain field remains uncontaminated and that all parts of the system work in harmony together.

 

Collection tanks can be made of several materials, including concrete, metal and plastic.While there are advantages and disadvantages to each material, they all have a limited lifespan.During your inspection, an expert will analyze the tank for flaws, rust, holes, cracks or other weak spots.The technician can then make recommendations for any necessary repairs and estimate the lifespan of your tank.

 

Another reason to have your septic tank inspected is to ensure that it was designed to handle the current and future waste load.If the home was intended as a vacation spot and is now being used as a primary residence, it is likely the tank is too small for the need. Additionally, you should have your tank capacity checked if you intend to remodel or add to the plumbing system.For more information regarding septic tank maintenance in Soquel, please visit this website.

 

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Bob puts his many years of plumbing experience to good use by writing on various plumbing topics on his blog at Tumblr blog.

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