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Responsible Septic System Ownership — Simplify Inspections And Pump Out Sessions

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Inspections and pump outs are routine parts of septic system maintenance. Use the following criteria to simplify the inspection and pumping sessions. 


Determining how much solid and liquid waste is added to your residential septic tank will allow a service provider to pinpoint how often you will need to have the system inspected and pumped. Consumption variables are dependent upon the number of people you live with and the type of appliances and plumbing that are installed in your home.

To determine how often you should seek services, set up an introductory inspection. A comprehensive inspection will address the manner in which your septic system is used. A service technician will inspect drains, the system's access port, and the effluent filter. They will also measure the amount of waste that is located within the septic tank.

All of the steps that are conducted during the inspection will ensure that the septic system is operating properly. The analysis will also determine your system's consumption level. A service provider can determine how many gallons of waste are added to the septic system each year. They will base their findings upon the level of liquid and solid waste that is in the septic tank, plus the amount of time in between pump outs. 

Protection Steps

Protecting the drain field and the septic tank components that are attached to it will ward off damage that will necessitate hiring a plumber. During a comprehensive inspection, the technician who performs the inspection can point out where the septic tank and drain field are located. Draw a diagram that depicts the location of the field, tank, and septic lines.

Adding a barrier around the septic system will protect the system from damage. The barrier does not need to be a full enclosure. It can consist of stakes or other materials that can be used to mark the outline of the septic system. 

Maintenance Strategies

Limiting the amount of water you and your family use can have a bearing on your septic system's overall performance. Limiting water consumption will also prevent the need for premature pump outs.

Avoid using any appliances that aren't necessary. The use of a garbage disposal should be avoided. A disposal will fill the septic tank with solids much more quickly than needed. High-efficiency appliances use less water. Using these types of appliances can be beneficial to your septic system's maintenance plan and pump out schedule.

Contact a company like Overbey's Septic Tank Service & Triad Industrial Services to learn more.