Go Beyond The Basic: Why Your Septic System Needs Annual Maintenance

25 February 2020
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When you think of septic service, do you only think of the routine pumping? If your answer is yes, you might be missing out on the opportunity to provide vital care for your septic system. You see, you shouldn't wait until your tank is full to schedule a service call. In addition to having your septic tank emptied at intervals of every three to five years, you should also have your septic system inspected at least once a year. If you're not sure why you need to have your septic system inspected, take a look at the information provided below. This list includes just three of the ways you'll benefit from having your septic system inspected once a year. 

Look Beyond the Septic Tank

If you're like most people, you think that septic service stops at the tanks. However, that's not the case.  Your septic system goes well beyond reach of the tanks. In addition to the holding tanks, there's also a seepage field that's designed to control the absorption of the water that's released from the tanks. If your seepage field is failing, your yard could fill with sewage and your entire septic system could fail. During your annual septic inspection, your entire system will be inspected, including the seepage field. This will give you advance warning when it's time for repairs or replacements. 

Identify Hard Water Deposits

If your community has a problem with hard water, you need to be concerned about your septic system. Hard water deposits don't just affect the plumbing inside your home, or the quality of your drinking water. They also affect your septic system, especially the drains leading to the tanks. Hard water leaves a scaly build up inside the drains. Over time, the drains can become so clogged that nothing can get through. Unfortunately, if that happens with your septic drains, you can end up with sewage backups into your home. Annual septic inspections will identify hard water problems so that you can avoid those problems. 

Measure Sludge Levels

If you don't know what's going on with the sludge inside your tanks, you could be sitting on some serious septic problems. When waste water is flushed into your septic tanks, the solid waste settles to the bottom of the tank, and the residual water is filtered through to the next tank. The solid waste then becomes sludge, which remains at the bottom of the tank until the next scheduled pumping. If you don't keep track of the sludge levels, your tanks could overfill, which can lead to overflowing. During your annual inspections, the sludge levels will be measured so that you can avoid issues related to an overfilled tank.

Have more questions? Try visiting websites such as HARRINGTON Environmental Services, LLC to learn more.