Guide to Septic Tank Inspection and Replacement
It is a fact of life that after flushing the toilet, we don’t care what happens to the waste next. People living in homes on urban water systems don’t have to think about it. This is a maintenance issues that people living in homes hooked to septic systems cannot ignore. With a regular inspection of your septic tank, whether you have a new or old home, you will be spared from replacement costs because issues will be spotted before they become emergencies.
A septic tank system consists of a large holding tank made of plastic, steel, or concrete. In a septic tanks you will find waste water and waste material that comes from flushing 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. Pumping it out, adding bacteria or chemicals to break down the waste solids or by allowing it to drain into the soil through a leech field are the ways by which the waste in a septic tank is disposed of.
Eventually in time our septic tank systems will need maintenance just like any other hard working systems. 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. If you don’t want major problem or potential problems to affect your septic tank then you need to do everything necessary for its maintenance.
You may have a leech field for your septic tank, or you can even be adding bacteria to it to break down the waste, yet it is still important for the tank to be pumped out regularly in order for technicians to check if there are maintenance issues. If you tank is small then maintenance should be more often than for larger tanks. Even if your system has water conservation measures in place, it still should be pumped out and inspected at least once in every three to five years.
A good and thorough inspection does not only involve a visual check of the tank, connectors and drainage points, as well as the leech field, but the tank should be opened as often as possible, and the inside inspected. Tests are performed by field service agents where they test the function of the tank itself like adding dye to the water to test for leaks. Any baffles or lids should be checked for signs of wear and tear, and they will also check the connections and connecting pipes that they can readily reach.