Do you have a home that has a septic tank? Are you wondering if you've been missing out on some important aspect of maintenance? While the workings of a septic system can seem mysterious, they actually aren't that strange at all. For the most part, you can ignore your septic tank and everything will be fine. However, there are some things that need to be done in order to make sure that your system continues to function for as long as possible. A few of the most important things that you need to remember are as follows:
Unlike with a city sewer system, a septic system stores waste in a large tank underground until it can be pumped out by one of your local septic services. Depending on things like how big the tank is and how many people are in the household, the tank may fill up faster or slower. In general, you can expect to have the tank pumped out at least every 5 years, but it could be as few as every three years. If it's every year or every other year, you'll want to have a professional assessment on the whole system. The tank may be too small or there may be some other issue that's causing it to need to be pumped out so often.
The septic system is able to break down sewage waste with the help of various species of bacteria and/or yeasts that live inside the tank. When things like extreme temperatures or antibacterial products kill off these beneficial microorganisms, the system will no longer be able to process sewage waste as efficiently as before. Your local septic services company will either sell a product that can restore the balance within the tank or they will be able to recommend a product for you to use.
Because a septic tank is buried, it's easy to think that very little can damage the structure of the tank itself. This isn't entirely true. The waste inside and/or the weight of the earth around the tank can cause the tank to degrade over time. Although a tank might be expected to last indefinitely under the right conditions, you shouldn't simply assume that it is going to last forever. With regular inspections by your septic services company, you'll be able to discover if anything is amiss with the tank or if everything appears to be fine.