Plumbing systems and septic systems are modern conveniences that we would loathe to live without. After all, the vast majority of us in the United States (if not all of us) have never before had to live without plumbing. And thanks to plumbing, we can wash our hands, clean, bathe, and use the toilet all within the comfort of our very own homes. If this didn’t exist, we could do none of those things – and a whole slew of other important aspects of life as well. Without extensive plumbing systems, many of us wouldn’t even be able to thoroughly and easily care for our gardens or outdoor spaces in general. Even the grass would suffer without plumbing.
And many a plumbing system also relies on a septic tank. Septic tanks are actually so prevalent as to be found in up to one full quarter of all plumbing systems and homes throughout the country. Septic systems can be hugely useful, but in order to keep them functioning as they should be, there are a number of things that must first be taken into consideration.
For instance, it is hugely important for all septic tanks to be large enough to accommodate the household in question. If a septic tank is too small, various problems are likely to arise. Having a larger septic tank means that septic tank pumping won’t be necessary as frequently either but you also want to ensure that your septic tank does not exceed your needs either, as this too can lead to a variety of problems.
Septic tank pumping is, of course, a necessary part of the upkeep of your septic tank, as all septic tank specialists will agree. Ideally, this process of pumping out your septic tank will occur every three years. In some cases, it won’t even need to occur until five years have elapsed since your last septic tank pumping. Of course, these times depend on a variety of factors such as, as mentioned above, the overall volume of your septic tank as well as how many solids are in the waste water.
For instance, homes with garbage disposals will have more solids in the waste water than homes that do not have garbage disposals. The number of people living in any given home will also speed up the frequency that septic tank pumping is needed. Of course, this can be attributed to the fact that more people living in a home means more solids in the waste water.
In addition to having your septic tank pumped, you should also hire a septic service to inspect your septic tank on a regular basis. Ideally, this septic service will inspect your septic tank at least once throughout the year. Such inspection by a reputable septic service is very much a must, as this will help to ensure that no problems have developed with your septic tank. And if there are problems, the septic service in question will likely be much better equipped to deal with them than the typical home owners, as you might have already assumed.
You should also keep the longevity of your septic tank in mind. After all, even the best cared for septic tanks will ultimately need to be replaced. Depending on the material that your septic tank is made of, this might be sooner rather than later. After all, as any septic service will tell you, septic tanks that are made out of steel will only last for a maximum of 20 years – and can sometimes be in need of a septic system replacement after only just 15 years. However, concrete and plastic septic tanks very much stand the test of time, lasting for as many as 40 full years before ever needing to be replaced. In many cases, your local septic service will recommend such septic tanks for you, as they are more than worth the money necessary to purchase them.
If your home has as septic system, getting in touch with a septic service near you is likely to make a world of difference in the overall quality of the septic system in question, as well as with its overall longevity to boot.