When you have a septic system, you should know that pumping the tank does not necessarily fix the problems. I understand that it is always advisable that septic tank is pumped in every three years, but it is essential to understand that the septic system is not only about the tank but we have others too. Therefore, if your septic system has suffered any amount of damage you should have it by a professional who understands everything about the system. This is important as it will determine whether your drain field has been damaged or not and whether your system is in excellent condition.
Apart from that, you should also know that septic tank has a lifespan of 20-30 years. But you should also know that if it is properly maintained, it can go up to 50 years. While when you don’t maintain it, you will only use it for five years or less. With that lifespan you will be better as you will not have to worry about a lot of things. Besides, in case you buy a home with the septic tank, you should ask about its age and how well it has been maintained. This is important as it will help you in determining the lifespan of a septic tank.
Not only that but you should also be aware that chemical additives can be unfavorable to your system. It is essential to note that the chemicals that people see to be helpful can diminish the level of bacteria in the rank. Remember that it is always recommended that the level of bacteria be maintained for the biological breakdown of solid waste that comes into the tank. In this case, you should avoid them, or you use the ones that cannot affect the bacteria in one way or the other.
Another thing that you need to understand is that septic tanks have a natural operation level and should always be full to that level. Therefore, you should make sure that you get proper education on the operation level of your septic tank from the contractor. Because of that you will be in a position to troubleshoot to determine when it needs to be pumped when then drain field pipes are experiencing clogs or other issues.
In addition, you should also know that homes with septic systems should not have garbage disposal In this case, it is advisable that you should not put harsh chemicals, food solids or anything that is not wastewater as this will make your tank to require frequent pumping.