6 Frequently Asked Questions about Septic Tanks

April 24, 2019

Septic systems keep your home’s water system clean. As such, septic tanks need to be taken care of so they will continue working efficiently. There are also some things to note to make sure that the sewage does not get backed up. Proper care of your home’s sewage system will keep your water system clean and your family safe.

Septic Tank FAQ

New homeowners may have some queries about septic tanks and septic systems. Some questions pop up more often than the others. Many of these questions deal with proper septic system care. Here are 6 frequently asked questions about septic tanks.

  1. What is a septic system?

A septic system refers to the sewage system that homes have. This includes the following:

  • The system of pipes that lead from the building
  • The septic tank, which is where all wastewater leads… this is where this water is subjected to simple treatment
  • All attachments of the septic tank

For more, see the EPA’s guide on septic systems.

  1. How often do I need have my septic tank cleaned?

The bare minimum frequency that a septic tank should be cleaned is once a year. Several factors affect the frequency of septic tank pumping. Some of these are the following:

  • Size of the tank: The size of the tank plays a significant role in how often it should be cleaned; The smaller the tank, the more often it needs to be pumped
  • The number of people in the building: The more people in the building, the more wastewater is produced… this also leads to a need for more frequent need to pump the septic tank

Consider the alternatives and err on the side of caution!

  1. How often should I seek septic tank maintenance services?

Septic tank repair is simple as long as the problem is not too complicated. Regular maintenance is necessary for problems not to accumulate. Note that an average septic system needs to be maintained at least once every three years.

  1. What contributes to the failure of septic tanks and septic systems?

One of the most common causes of septic failure is the presence of clogs. Clogs are preventable. Make sure that you do not flush items that can cause clogs. Examples are toilet paper, sanitary napkins, and plastic.

Improper design and installation of the septic system can also lead to several problems. If you suspect your home having an improperly installed system, contact a professional.

  1. What should I do if the septic system fails?

The best way to deal with a failing septic system is to call a professional. These problems are solvable using proper equipment and methods. Professionals have this equipment and knowledge.

  1. How do I take care of my septic tank?

Some useful tips include the following:

  • Do not flush large solids down the toilet
  • Use your kitchen’s garbage disposal unit
  • Perform regular inspection and maintenance

With proper TLC, your septic system can run well, odor-free and painlessly, for years to come.

Count On D&L Environmental Services For All Your Septic System Needs

D&L Environmental Services has the most experienced professionals. We’ll happily take care of any of your septic system concerns, with friendly service and a smile.

Contact us today to book a cleaning or other service.

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