Septic tanks are large, underground, watertight containers that assist with wastewater. Wastewater from toilets, baths, kitchens, and laundry appliances flow directly into the tank, causing heavy solids to settle at the bottom and reduce to sludge and gave and lighter solids to rise to the top and form a layer of scum.
Around 20% of Americans use septic tanks to dispose of their household’s sewage. Unfortunately, there are plenty of mistakes that are commonly made when dealing with septic tanks repairs and maintenance. These mistakes can lead to some costly, disgusting, and even hazardous issues for you and your family to deal with, so it’s best to avoid them at all costs.
Here are some common septic tanks repairs and maintenance mistakes to avoid:
Now knowing when to call for help –If you notice any of these skeptic tank warning signs, you should contact a professional right away to avoid further disasters: plumbing or septic tank backups; gurgling sounds in your plumbing system; slow draining fixtures; and odors, surfacing sewage, and wet spots in the drain field area.
Neglecting septic tank inspections — The best way to ensure that your septic system is working properly is to have professionals take a look at it. It’s recommended to have your septic tank inspected at least once a year, but if you think you have any kind of plumbing issue, more inspections won’t hurt. Additionally, you should have your septic tank pumped once every three to five years.
Putting incorrect items inside the septic tank — Many homeowners believe that septic systems can handle any kind of garbage, but that is far from the truth. Make sure you’re septic tank is only holding what it’s intended to and never the following: fats, motor oils or fuels, disposable diapers, coffee grounds, egg shells, cigarettes, paints, paper towels, rags, and chemicals.
Making some of these septic tank mistakes can end up causing all kinds of stress on you and your family, cost a significant amount of money, and ruin your home. If you want to learn more about the importance of quality septic tanks repairs, or schedule a sump pump and sewer line inspection, give American Sewer Specialist a call right away!