Home and property ownership are a huge responsibility. From property taxes to the normal wear and tear of a home, homeowners and property owners alike learn to expect the unexpected. When it comes to owning a home, plumbing and septic tank service play a big part in home maintenance and upkeep.
What is a septic tank?
This tank collects sewage and is usually stored underground. Bacterial activity helps the sewage decompose and be broken down by a leaching field. A tank can hold anywhere from 500-2,000 gallons of waste. Pipes from the home connect to the reservoir, which then has an outlet that carries water and wastes away from the home. A normal basin does not make gurgling sounds, allows items to pass through, and prevents the accumulation of waste in your house or yard.
Why is treatment important?
Treatment, as with personal healthcare, involves preventative measures. As mentioned above, a healthy basin filters items and does not make sounds. When there is a septic tank service problem, there is a blockage. The longer the blockage continues to grow, the more it will flow back into the house or into your yard, causing more expense and damage. The process is similar to the way that bad cholesterol can cause an artery blockage, which can lead to a heart attack. It is important to have regularly scheduled tank check-ups with a reputable plumber or general contractor. It is also important to address problems when they are small so that they do not become big problems. There are even products available in most stores that can be used to aid in the decomposition of wastes.
When and how often should your septic tank be treated?
The more people that reside in a home or apartment complex, the more frequent the basin should be treated. On average, it should be treated every three years, depending on the size of your reservoir.
Whether you have owned a home for fifty years or are buying a home for the first time, it is important to have a septic tank service inspection done on your system. Inspections check where the basin is located, how old it is, how it is designed, the condition of the soil in the drainage area, plumbing fixtures and their conditions, and the last time your system was serviced. Upon completion, a certificate is issued.
Yes, homeownership is a huge responsibility. Plumbing is a large part of that. But with regular maintenance, you can have a well-run home for many years to come!