Your home's septic tank. Now there's something that you would likely rather not think about - ever. You know it's buried in the ground somewhere on your property and assume that since it is still capturing wastewater, it must be functioning well. However, this simple assumption could end up costing you thousands of dollars if your septic tank isn't actually fine and its leach lines or leach field are being damaged each time you put water down the system.
To ensure the current and future health of your home's septic system, take some time to do the following:
Walk Around Your Yard and Look for Signs of a Leaking System
One free and simple way you can check up on the health of your septic tank is to walk around your yard and look for areas that look like they are being excessively watered. For example,
- Is there a section of your lawn or landscaping that always seems swampy?
- Is there an area of your landscaping or lawn that is much lusher than the rest of the yard?
- Are there any areas where the soil is depressed without any reason for it to be?
A septic system that is functioning correctly does not ever discharge water at the surface. If you have any areas where water is reaching the surface, then your system needs an immediate pump out and an inspection by a licensed plumber.
Have Your Septic Tank Pumped Out if You Haven't Done So in the Last Few Years
If you walk around your yard and do not see any signs of water, then you need to check your records and find out when the last time was that your septic tank was pumped out.
In an ideal world without current day paper and cleaning products, a septic tank could function forever without ever being cleaned out. However, the detergents and paper products people use today requires that septic tanks are pumped out every few years.
Actively Prevent Damage by Controlling the Things You Wash Down the Drain
Finally, once you are sure that your septic tank isn't leaking water and is on schedule for regular pump outs, then you need to actively prevent future damage by controlling the items you wash down your drains. The biggest clogging offenders in most septic tanks are:
- non-septic-safe toilet paper
- feminine products
- "flushable" wipes
- kitchen grease
- excessive amounts of detergents
By being mindful of these offenders, you can keep them out of your septic tank and prevent the need for additional pump outs or repair work. Navigate to this website for more help.