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A few weeks ago, my husband and I met with a general contractor. We talked with this professional about building an addition onto our small home. At this time, he informed us about a problem with our septic tank. We learned we would have to relocate a couple of septic lines before construction could begin on our home. Are you considering building an addition onto your house or business? Before you get too far along in this complex process, think about consulting with someone from a reputable septic service in your area. An expert from a septic service can inform you if your current septic tank will be large enough to accommodate the addition. On this blog, I hope you will discover the most common tasks performed by septic services. Enjoy!


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What You Should Know About Septic Sytems If You Have One Or Will In The Future

Debra Chapman

Do you have or plan to buy a home with a septic system installed? If so, there are a few things that you need to know about these waste systems. If you are knowledgeable about your system, it can result in extending its life and preventing major complications. The following are a few points to be mindful of.


Routine inspections are necessary to ensure that septic systems are not full. When the tanks get full, septic pumping is required to keep the systems operational. However, in many cases, property owners do not realize their tanks need pumping unless they experience major signs that something is awry. If you are planning to buy a property that already has a home erected on the land, it is important to ensure that the septic tank cover is easily located. This is because you may end up spending a significant amount of money after the sale if the septic tank lid is covered and undetectable. 

Waste Layers

Septic tanks have three different layers of waste. These layers play an active role in determining when the tanks need to be emptied. The layers are referred to as effluent, sludge, and scum. Drain fields are sensitive areas and integral to septic tank performance. Ensure that you know where your drain field is located. Refrain from parking cars on the area or setting up heavy items in the area. You can cordon off the area or mark it to ensure that no mistakes are made. 

Types of Waste

Many people assume that their septic tanks only contain human waste. However, whatever goes down your drains will likely find itself in your septic tank. This is why the use of garbage disposals are usually discouraged in the homes of individuals who have septic tanks. Harsh cleaners are also discouraged since they can negatively impact the presence of bacteria that are needed to keep the tank operational. 

Signs of Problems

Typical problems that people experience can range from mild issues to severe. Frequent clogs or water that exits drains slowly are signs of problems that could get worse. If an issue like this is ignored, it is possible for you to have water damage due to drains backing up. Raw sewage could spill over in your home and require a major clean-up as well as septic servicing. 

A septic tank and drain company is a good resource to use for more information regarding taking care of your septic tank and drains. Their advice will ensure that you are able to protect a major investment, which is your home.