Guide to Septic Tank Inspection and Replacement
Nobody thinks about what happens to the waste after flushing the toilet. You don’t have to think about it if you are living in a home on urban water systems. But for people living in homes hooked to septic systems then they cannot ignore this maintenance issue. Your septic tank need to be inspected regularly whether you home is new or old because if not you will not be able to spot problems and if you need to replace the tank it will cost you much, what you could have avoided if issues were spotted before they became emergencies.
Septic tanks systems include a large holding tanks made of plastic, with older ones made of steel or concrete. In a septic tanks you will find waste water and waste material that comes from flushing the toilet. Sometimes septic tank content reach to its maximum level and when this happens the contents need 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. Basic septic maintenance involves a lot and it is important to be able to avoid major problems or even potential problems so that you don’t have to spend unnecessarily to solve the problems.
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. If you tank is small then maintenance should be more often than for 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.
If you want a good and thorough inspection of your tank, it involves a visual check of the tank, connectors, and drainage points, and the leech field and the tank should be opened and the inside inspected. Tests are performed by field service agents where they test the function of the tank itself like adding dye to the water to test for leaks. Baffles, lids, connections and connecting pipes that can easily be reached will be checked for signs of wear and tear.