When it comes to the safe and complete removal of wastewater from sinks, toilets, and bathtubs, many households rely on the use of a septic tank system. Having a regularly and adequately maintained unit can prevent clogs, backups, and costly repairs. As Oahu's premier service provider of septic tanks, Gecko Enterprises receives many inquiries from residents and businesses throughout Hawaii's second largest island. Below, the company answers some of the most frequently asked questions.
4 FAQs About Septic Tank Systems Answered
How Can I Tell If It's Not Working Properly?
There are a few red flags to keep in mind, but the primary indicator is when water doesn't go down the drains due to clogged plumbing. Also, pay attention to toilet water moving slowly when it’s flushed. A sewage backup could cause a lingering, unpleasant odor in the bathrooms or throughout the property. If the area near the septic tank's drain field is saturated with water, it could also be a sign of a malfunctioning system.
Where Is My Septic Tank Located?
The best way to pinpoint the tank's precise location is by reviewing the as-built record. This is a diagram of the home or business' septic system layout. It will indicate the tank’s location, as well as its components. You can get a copy of the as-built record from your local health department. If you know the property's parcel number, you can also search for it online on your county's tax appraiser's website.
Do Septic Tanks Last a Long Time?
Most systems are constructed to last for thirty years. The key is to have them properly maintained by professional technicians. If septic tanks don't undergo routine servicing, they are susceptible to premature breakdowns. Frequently clogged drain fields can cause permanent damage, potentially requiring a complete overhaul.
How Can I Protect My Septic Tank?
To keep your system in good working condition, have it periodically serviced by septic tank specialists. Ideally, pump the tanks annually. With proper maintenance, some can go without an inspection for three to five years. On a daily basis, do not flush non-flushable items down the toilets such as diapers, sanitary napkins, and paper towels. Never pour grease, oil, or fats down the drains, and avoid the excessive use of water when possible.
With proper inspections and maintenance service, septic tank systems can last a long time. Let the experienced team of technicians at Gecko Enterprises keep your home or business' plumbing from clogs and sewage backups. To schedule an inspection, or if you have additional questions, call (808) 637-3240. You can also visit the website for additional information regarding the company's full suite of services.