Unless your home is connected to the public sewage treatment system, you will need to install a septic tank. A septic tank is a wastewater treatment system you will find highly useful in your home. However, maintenance is key if you want to get the most out of your septic treatment system. Cleaning is one way to ensure your septic tank continues functioning effectively.
Unfortunately, there is a lot involved in septic tank cleaning, and if you are a new homeowner, you may not know exactly what septic tank cleaning entails. Failing to clean your septic tank after every given period can result in septic tank problems that can be quite costly to deal with. For this reason, here are a few key things you need to know about septic tank cleaning.
How Frequent Should You Clean Your Septic Tank?
Septic tank cleaning is not a one-time thing. If you don't clean your septic tank frequently enough, you may end up with problems such as early failure of your drainfield, which would require you to dig another one and that would be expensive. On the other hand, doing it too frequently is simply a waste of your money. Therefore, it's important to get the timing right.
Usually, at the time of the installation, you will be given a schedule on when next you need to clean your septic tank, often depending on its size. However, relying on that schedule alone is a bad idea. That's because there are plenty of factors that can affect how soon you have to clean or pump out your septic tank. For instance, the type and size of your household are crucial when it comes to determining the frequency of cleaning your septic tank. The higher the size of your household, the sooner you will need to clean out your septic tank. That's because many people in your home will result in more wastewater going into your septic tank.
How Can You Tell It is Time to Clean Your Septic Tank?
Generally, septic tanks will give you some warning or tell-tale signs that you need to pump them out. Therefore, watch out for sewage backups in your toilets, foul smell around your septic tank, and areas of your lawn that appear greener than others. Overly greener portions of grass on your lawn are often a result of the wastewater acting as a fertiliser.
Contact a septic tank professional to learn more.