Most of us tend to live by the principle of ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ However, when it comes to septic tanks, what is out of sight, must always be kept in mind. A septic system receives, treats, and disposes of unwanted wastewater and solids from a building’s plumbing system. Given its functions, a clean and fully functional septic tank is one of the most critical factors for a well-maintained house.
Why Should You Get Your Septic Tanks Inspected?
Solid waste gets deposited on the bottom of the tank, hampering the smooth functioning of your septic tank. These solid waste deposits are easily overlooked without inspecting the functionality of your tanks regularly, often shortening their lifespan. Considering the expense of buying and installing a new tank, regular inspection is more efficient and affordable.
How Often Should You Get Your Septic Tanks Inspected?
You should get your septic system inspected every other year. If you are planning to sell your house, your system should be inspected as soon as the house is put on the market. This increases your home’s value and also helps you avoid any liability issues that may result from a malfunctioning system.
No Shortcuts To A Thorough Inspection!
There are many things about a septic tank that only a professional can handle. While you may seek to follow all the preventive measures on your own, a septic service professional helps in looking after even the most minute details.
From the location of the drain field to the functioning of the tank, everything should be thoroughly inspected from time to time. Here are a few things that must not be overlooked while getting your septic tanks checked:
1. The Baffles Of Your Tank: Baffles are a component of septic tanks that slow wastewater entry to ensure the distillation of solids, and prevent their release into the drain field. The baffles should never be covered with solids, as this leads to overflow. The sewage level should be below the baffle top.
2. Location Of Your Drain Field: Where the tank’s drain field is and how that area should be managed must always be looked after. You should never park or drive on the drain field as the weight can damage subterranean piping. It must also be kept in mind that trees should not be planted above the drain field as the roots can cause unseen damage. If you must plant something on the drain field, you can plant grass or take advice from your septic service professional. No one should ever dig or build on top of the drain field.
3. Do Not Solely Trust Dye Tests: Above-ground water indicates an overloaded septic system. While a dye tells whether the water is coming from your house or elsewhere, it should not be the only measure you take to test septic system functionality. The dye can take days to appear and maybe too diluted to see clearly.
A septic tank is one of the most expensive household fixtures. Its lifespan can be significantly shortened if not appropriately maintained. Juddy’s Septic Service & Portable Toilet Rentals offers the best septic solutions throughout Northern Vermont and Northern New Hampshire for both residential and commercial properties.