If you’ve just had a septic system installed, you need to know how to take care of it. It works differently than a sewer connection, and needs a little more maintenance on your part. However, if you follow the instructions below, your unit can last up to 40 years.
A Basic Guide to Septic Systems
How do they work?
When you flush waste down a drain or toilet, it flows into the septic tank. The tank is designed with a series of filters that trap solid waste, allowing wastewater to flow through.
The liquid continues to the leach field, a series of perforated pipes that disperse wastewater. This allows the moisture to filter naturally through the soil and return to the environment.
Why do I need septic pumping?
Your tank lets water pass through, but collects solid waste. While bacteria in the tank partially break down the accumulation, the tank fills up with sludge over time.
Pumping removes the solid waste so the unit doesn’t overflow.
How often should I schedule service?
Most homes need septic inspections every three years and pumping every three to five years. Your exact schedule depends on the size of the tank, the number of people in the home, and any factors that increase water usage, like having frequent guests or using multiple water-based appliances (such as dishwashers and hot tubs).
A septic professional will let you know when to schedule service after installing your system.
How can I tell if there’s a malfunction?
If your septic system has a leak or clog, you may notice an unpleasant odor in the yard, as well as muddy areas or puddles over the tank or leach field.
Plants in the area may also look particularly green as they absorb nutrients from the spill. You might notice that toilets and drains back up throughout the home if the problem is severe. Call a professional if you notice any of these issues.
If you need pumping or maintenance for your septic system, call Tri County Systems in Rochester, NY. Serving Monroe County and the surrounding areas, these knowledgeable professionals provide skilled service at affordable prices. They’re proud to have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau® due to their commitment to customer service. Call (585) 467-2550 to discuss your needs, or visit their website to learn more about their work.