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!
When your home has a septic system, it works by collecting waste in a tank where it breaks down and allows the gray water to go to a leech field. However, even though the waste does constantly break down thanks to beneficial bacteria, it does eventually build up.
Because of this buildup, it is important to make sure that you have set up a recommended schedule with a septic service to make sure that the tank is pumped out regularly. Below are a couple of reasons why a regular pumping schedule is important.
1. Helps to Keep the Ecosystem Within the Septic Tank Balanced
One reason that you should stick to a pumping schedule as recommended by a septic service is that doing so helps to keep the ecosystem within the tank balanced. When there is not a large buildup of waste within the tank, the bacteria are able to break down solid materials, while the system sends the gray water out to be processed by the leech field.
However, when there is too much waste and water, the bacteria will not thrive, and the excess water will not be fully processed. This will, in turn, create an environment where the sewage will not only build up but do so at an accelerated rate.
2. Prevents Sewage Overflow and Rupturing of the Tank Itself
The next reason why you need to regularly have the septic tank pumps goes hand-in-hand with the issues caused by excessive buildup due to an imbalanced ecosystem. Eventually, the waste will start to overflow from the tank, which could result in the tank itself rupturing.
Along with the danger of having the tank rupture, the water that is not properly processed will start to backflow through the pipes leading back to your home. The sewage may eventually start coming up in your house's drains, which will cause not only clogging but also a health hazard from the bacteria.
When you allow your septic tank to go too long between pumping visits, you run the risk of upsetting the system's ecosystem, which can inhibit the breakdown of sewage. It can also cause sewage to overflow and rupture the tank as well as cause waste to flow back up through the pipes and into your home. If it has been a while since your last visit and you do not have a schedule made out, contact a septic pumping service to speak with someone about setting up an appointment.