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Steps For Keeping Your Septic Tank Maintained

by Bruce Lawson

The septic tank is a critical component of your home's plumbing, and while the septic tank is capable of lasting for decades, regular maintenance can both extend the lifespan and reduce the need for future repairs.

Ensuring The Sewage Pump's Grinder Is Maintained

Many homes will have a sewage pump that helps to expel the wastewater from the home. These pumps will often make use of grinders that will break up the solid matter in the wastewater. These grinders will be able to reduce the size of the solid waste that enters the septic tank. As a result, they can be an important tool for reducing the risks of clogs forming due to solid waste becoming jammed in the entry or exit pipes of the septic tank. Unfortunately, homeowners may not be diligent about servicing the grinder, and this may cause them to be unaware when there is a problem with this part of the septic system. Including service visits and maintenance on these components at regular intervals can allow a person to minimize the chances of large pieces of solid waste entering the septic tank, which could cause considerable problems.

Septic Tank Inspections

The septic tank itself should be thoroughly inspected every few years. These inspections can identify cracks, corrosion, and other damages that may be starting to occur to the tank itself. Without these inspections, these problems could go undetected and worsen until they result in a large failure of the septic tank that spills vast amounts of wastewater onto the property. These inspections will need to occur after the septic tank has been pumped as this will allow for the interior of the tank walls to be more easily seen. Fortunately, there are many septic tank maintenance providers that are capable of completing these inspections for their clients by using video camera systems that can be inserted into the tank.

Preserve The Accessibility Of The Septic Tank Access

Despite the fact that a septic tank will be buried deep in the ground, it can still be easy to access as it may have a hatch that extends to the surface of the soil. These hatches can allow the septic tank to be serviced and repaired without needing to excavate much of the soil on the property. However, it is possible for these access hatches to become covered by dirt, grass, and other materials that could obscure the location of the hatch as well as make it harder to open. Making it a point to clear debris and dirt from the access hatch at regular intervals will preserve its accessibility and avoid these issues.

For more information about septic tank maintenance, contact a local professional.