Guide to Septic Tank Inspection and Replacement
Nobody thinks about what happens to the waste after flushing the toilet. For those of us whose homes are on urban water system, we will never have to think about it. But for people living in homes hooked to septic systems then they cannot ignore this maintenance issue. Whether your home is new or old, you need to have your septic tank regularly inspected and replacement costs may be avoided is issues are spotted before they become emergencies.
A septic tank system consists of a large holding tank made of plastic, steel, or concrete. These tanks hold all of the household waste, especially the water and waste released when you flush the toiler. There will come a point when the tank will be filled to its maximum level, and the waste will have to be disposed in some ways. Pumping it out, adding bacteria or chemicals to break down the waste solids or by allowing it to drain into the soil through a leech field are the ways by which the waste in a septic tank is disposed of.
Eventually in time our septic tank systems will need maintenance just like any other hard working systems. You need regular schedule for septic tank inspection and replacement assessment because you can never tell if you septic tank needs maintenance already since most septic tanks are underground and cannot be seen. If you don’t want major problem or potential problems to affect your septic tank then you need to do everything necessary for its maintenance.
Pumping your septic tank should be done regularly because this gives service technicians a chance to inspect the tank for any issues, and this should be done even if you have a leech field for your waste or even if you are adding bacteria to break down the waste. Smaller tanks need more frequent maintenance than larger tanks. Even if your system has water conservation measures in place, it still should be pumped out and inspected at least once in every three to five years.
A good and thorough inspection does not only involve a visual check of the tank, connectors and drainage points, as well as the leech field, but the tank should be opened as often as possible, and the inside inspected. In order to test for least field service agents test it by adding dye to the water. Signs of wear and tear will also be seen in baffles, lids, connections and connecting pipes that can easily be reached.
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