A septic installation can last up to 30 years or so if it’s maintained properly. For the most part, these systems are hands-off, requiring only periodic work. It’s essential because you probably won’t notice anything amiss until it’s time for a septic tank repair.
Annual Water Testing
Testing both the well and drinking water provides an easy and effective way to ensure that all systems are running smoothly. It’s your responsibility as a homeowner since the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) doesn’t play an active role with private wells.
Well Water Analysis
Most contaminants are tasteless, odorless, and colorless to the naked eye, making testing necessary. Their presence can indicate a failure with the casing, cap, or screen that is worth investigating before it becomes a major headache.
Testing water from your tap involves detecting hard minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium to determine if you need a filtration system or water softener. Finding nitrates means that wastewater is escaping the system and getting into your water supply.
Septic Tank Pumping
The system works by holding water in this container to allow it to separate with solids going to the bottom and lighter materials like oil floating to the top. Periodically, you must hire a septic service to pump the tank and remove the sludge layer. If you notice issues, contact us for for reliable septic service or septic tank cleaning.
Signs That Your System Needs Maintenance
You must look for the outward indications of a problem since the system is underground. Septic tank issues are common but many times issues are easy to spot (which can end up saving you money). Signs that you need septic tank service include:
- Standing water in your drainage field
- A foul odor coming from your water with both the hot and cold faucets
- Water backup in your household
- An unusually lush patch of grass in your drainage field
- Low water pressure
- Slow drainage
Conservative Water Use
The key to keeping your septic tank system operating smoothly is not to tax it beyond its capacity. Anything you can do to conserve water will help. Consider installing high-efficiency toilets and shower heads to reduce your usage.
Fix the Leaks
Even a small leak can waste a lot of water over time. The concern rests with the fact that the decomposition of harmful bacteria and filtration through the soil takes time. Overloading the drainage field with too much water interferes with these processes.
Best Practices in Action
Other small things can help maintain your septic tank efficiency that can add up in the long run. Simple actions such as turning the water off when brushing your teeth or taking faster showers all can make a significant difference.
Bacteria within your septic tank and in the ground break down microbes before the discharge gets to the aquifer. It’s imperative not to hamper this activity by dumping hazardous waste down your drains. The same precaution applies to solid materials too.
Keeping the Bacteria Alive
The proper functioning of your septic system depends on the bacteria that decompose the microbes. Anything that can adversely affect these cultures affects your water quality. That includes household cleaners that ironically enough kill harmful germs, along with the beneficial organisms too.
Beneficial bacteria can handle almost any organic matter without difficulty. Synthetic fibers are another story, which is why you must have a lint trap on your washer’s drainage. Research shows that a single fleece garment leaves over 100,000 fibers in its wake after one washing.
Other Sources of Trouble
Often times you shouldn’t use a garbage disposal especially for things like coffee grinds, or greasy foods as these tend to clog your system and can help add add to the sludge layer which will mean you must service it more often.