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.

Septic tanks systems include a large holding tanks made of plastic, with older ones made of steel or concrete. The contents of these septic tanks are the wastes from the household, with all the water and the things that you flush from the toilet. 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. There are three ways in disposing the waste – by pumping it out, by having bacteria or chemical added that will break down and destroy the waste, or by allowing it to be drained into the soil through a leech field.

Maintenance will need to be done to our septic systems like all hard working systems because time will wear them. Because septic tank systems are buried underground you will not be able to know when regular maintenance is necessary so it is important that inspection and replacement assessments have a regular schedule. 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. Smaller tanks need more frequent maintenance than larger tanks. Despite having water conservation measures in place, you still need the tank to be pumped out and inspected at least once in 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. 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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