Winter Plumbing Tips for 2023December 01, 2022
It is a fact that some property owners give little to no attention to the underground, water-tight container into which all their wastewater drains into. Sometimes, negligence to maintenance has caused many septic systems to become problematic or fail before reaching the end of their lifespan.
Fortunately, regular pumping is one septic maintenance that can keep your tank working fine for many years to come. And if you’re wondering regular septic pumping is beneficial, here are some reasons to consider.
If one sink, tub, or toilet in your home drains slowly, there could be issues with your in-house plumbing system. But when multiple drains are slow or back up occurs when your plumbing fixtures are used, this is often a sign of a clogged or overfilled septic tank. Getting regular septic pumping once every two to three years as experts recommended will help you remove sludge and effluents from your septic tank before these wastes start to cause sluggish drains and clogs.
A thorough pumping removes excess wastes and water residue that could possibly cause clogs and damage the internal components of a septic tank. Inlet and outlet baffles, for example, allow wastewater to flow in and out of a tank.
Too many solids in the tank can block and ruin these two devices and ultimately lead to total system shutdown if the pumping need is placed on the backburner. Ridding your septic tank of excess residue and foreign materials will help water and wastes to keep flowing smoothly into and outside of your septic tank.
Understand that a septic tank that has not been pumped in a while may keep allowing sludge to escape onto your drain field. When this happens, the drain pipes could get blocked with waste materials and then require a full-blown repair or replacement. Regular pumping will ensure sludge in your tank stays within recommended limits, thereby reducing the likelihood of clogs.
Also, your septic tank will be more likely to reach the end of its lifespan when pumped at the right times.
An overfilled septic tank can expose your yard to wastewater. This may cause the yard to be soggy, unattractive, and flooded with wastewater. The untreated waste filtering onto your landscape can pose a severe health risk such as Hepatitis A and Leptospirosis to your family. Besides, funny smells emanating from wastewater could also be irritating to everyone nearby.
Whether to prevent your septic tank from overflowing or foul odors, periodic septic tank pumping plays a major role in keeping your surrounding and loved ones safe.
Maintaining your septic tank through regular pumping is one way to extend the lifespan of the system. It discourages plumbing issues, saves repair and replacement costs, and keeps you and your loved ones safe. Depending on the frequency of use, you may have to pump your septic tank more often or less often. To determine the appropriate pumping interval, contact a septic care company in your area.