One of the facts about the septic system is that pumping the septic tank does not solve the problems. I understand that it is always advisable that septic tank is pumped in every three years, but it is essential to understand that the septic system is not only about the tank but we have others too. Therefore, if your septic system has suffered any amount of damage you should have it by a professional who understands everything about the system. By having it inspected you will be in a position to determine if there is a problem or not with the drain field and whether your system is in good working condition.
Apart from that, you should also know that septic tank has a lifespan of 20-30 years. But you find that if you maintain it well it can go up to fifty years. While when you don’t maintain it, you will only use it for five years or less. I can say that this will give you peace of mind for a long time without having to worry. Besides, in case you buy a home with the septic tank, you should ask about its age and how well it has been maintained. You find that with this you will be in a position to determine the life of a septic tank.
Apart from that, chemical additives can be damaging to your septic tank. One thing that you should know is that chemical additives that claim to be useful can actually diminish the level of bacteria in your tank. It is essential to note that it is important that you maintain the level of bacteria as this will help in the proper biological breakdown of solid waste that comes into your tank. For that matter, it will be better you stay away from them, and you have to use them, you should make sure that they are not affecting the bacteria in any way.
Apart from that, you should know that septic tanks have a natural operation level and should always be full to that level. In this case, it is recommended that you be educated by the septic tank contractor on the operation level of your septic tank. Because of that you will be in a position to troubleshoot to determine when it needs to be pumped when then drain field pipes are experiencing clogs or other issues.
Last but not least, homes with septic tanks should not have a garbage disposal. It is always recommended that you should not put harsh chemicals, food solids or anything if not wastewater as this will make your tank to require frequent pumping.