Answers To Three Questions You May Have About Septic Tanks

Posted on: 11 March 2015

Have you recently moved from a home in the city to a home in the country? Were you used to having your home hooked up to the city sewer system, but your new home has a septic tank? If you are a first-time owner of one, here are the answers to some questions you may have regarding septic tanks:

How often do septic tanks need to be pumped out? There is no clear-cut answer to this question. If you have a relatively small septic tank that is being used by a large family, you may need to have your tank pumped once a year. If you have a large tank and a small family, it could be a decade or more before your tank needs to be pumped out.

If your home has been vacant for many months before you moved in or if you're unsure how long ago the previous owners had the tank pumped out, you might want to consider having the tank pumped now. This will give you a starting point so you'll better be able to figure out your home's septic tank pumping needs.

How can you tell when septic tanks need to be pumped? If you want to wait until your septic tank absolutely needs pumping, you'll need to know what to look for. If your septic tank is getting full, your sinks and toilets may begin to drain slowly or not at all. You may start to smell sewage within your home. You could also start to notice a sewer smell outside.

If you know approximately where your septic tank is buried, you may notice the ground starting to get marshy and damp. If you notice any of these signs, have a professional come out to inspect your septic tank and to confirm that it does need pumping.

How do you maintain septic tanks? Flush only toilet waste down the drain. Do not flush things like baby wipes, paper towels or cat litter. These items may clog up the system and force you to have your septic tank pumped out more often. If you keep undesirable things like these out of your septic tank, your septic tank could easily last for several decades.

When you have your septic tank pumped out, you should also consider paying any extra fees to have it inspected closely at the same time. These inspections can alert you to potential future issues. You'll be given information about whether these issues will require you to replace the entire tank or whether repair is a viable option.

To learn more, contact a company like Southwest Environmental with any questions or concerns you have.