What You Need To Know About Taking Care Of Your Home Septic System

If you have just moved into or bought a home with a septic system, there are some additional tidbits of knowledge you need to know and understand about your system. A septic system is a different waste elimination system than being connected to the city sewer line, and you need to make sure you take care of the system and keep it working properly. Here are some tips to help you get to know your system and how you need to properly maintain it.

Ask Questions

A septic system connected to your home drains and handles the wastewater coming from your home, and it is essential you know as much as you can about its function. When buying a home, you may want to hire a professional septic inspector to check the condition of the tank an make sure it is not damaged to cause it to not work properly.

An inspection also provides you with the opportunity to find out the capacity of your tank, which will dictate how frequently you need to have your tank pumped. And yes, you will need to have your tank professionally pumped.

A professional septic inspection will give you the opportunity to learn where your tank's drain field is located within your property and where the tank's access hatch is located. They can recommend a pumping schedule for your tank. Take this time to learn all you can from your septic professional, so you have a good understanding of your system.

Empty Your Tank Periodically

Once you know the capacity of your septic tank, you can determine how often you will need to have your tank pumped of its sludge and scum layers. These layers sink and float within the tank's water levels and build-up over time, which means they need to be pumped to make sure your system does not begin to leak this waste into your yard and drain field.

Depending on the tank's capacity and how much waste you will be producing in your home, or in other words, how many people will be using your septic system, you will know approximately how often you need to hire a professional tank-pumping. For example, if you have seven members in your household and your tank is 2000 gallons, you will likely need to have it pumped every three years.

Know Your Tank's Location

It is also important to know where in your yard your septic tank and lateral drain field are located. This allows you to keep an eye on your drain field lines to watch for any signs of system backups and to keep the area landscaped properly. Parking vehicles, laying concrete, or planting the wrong type of vegetation over your drain field can cause damage to your septic system. 

For more information on septic tank pumping, contact your local plumbing service today.