Are you moving into a home with a septic system or thinking about having one installed? Homes with this waste disposal system operate very differently from homes that are connected to a municipal sewer so you may have several questions. Below, Olson Precast Concrete, of West Plains, MO, shares some frequently asked questions about septic tanks and some helpful answers.
How Do They Work?
Septic tanks provide your home with a natural way to dispose of waste safely, on site. All your home’s wastewater is deposited into the tank, where natural bacteria will separate the scum and solids from the water. This water is then naturally filtered through a drain field and returned to the environment.
How Often Do They Require Maintenance?
One of the best things about septic systems is that they require very little maintenance. However, those solids in the tank can build up over time and need to be removed periodically. A septic pumping company should be hired every one to two years to provide septic cleaning.
How Do I Know if Something Is Wrong?
Because your septic tank is located underground, it can be difficult to know if something isn’t right with it. But there are a few signs you can keep an eye out for. The two problems that most often arise are an overflowing tank or clogged pipes. Either of these problems will result in backed up sewage, slow-draining sinks, or a sewage smell in your home. Another sign of leakage is unexplained water saturation anywhere on your property. You’ll need to contact a septic contractor to inspect your system if any of these problems occur.
What Should I Not Flush?
Unnatural chemical cleaners, fats and grease, and anything that does not decompose over time should not be poured down drains or flushed down toilets. Because septic systems use a natural process to dispose of your home’s waste, make sure that only natural products end up in them. This will keep your system running smoothly for longer.
If you’re interested in septic tanks and want to have one installed on your property, Olson Precast Concrete can provide both the cement tank and consultation services you need. This concrete company offers septic supplies as well as storm shelters, farm equipment, and other construction services. Call them today at (417) 256-1500 or visit their website to learn more.