FAQs About Septic Systems and Maintenance
Although septic systems are a rather simple sewage filtration option in terms of engineering, they are still a mystery for many homeowners. This is especially true for many new homeowners who don’t know much about their new home’s onsite wastewater treatment system. Below are the most common questions we hear
A: Local law states that your septic tank needs to be pumped and/or inspected at least every three years.
A: While some of the solids that end up at the bottom of your septic tank are broken down over time, especially with the regular use of septic treatments, they will still build up over a few years. Some solids just can’t be broken down and will also accumulate over time. To continue experiencing very few problems with your septic system, if any, it’s important to invest in preventative maintenance and have your tank pumped.
Also, local regulations dictate that you must have a septic system inspected and/or pumped at least every three years. This helps ensure your system will not contaminate surrounding properties or the environment. A Sunset Septic service plan helps make the process of maintaining your tank for your family's comfort and county compliance simple and stress-free.
A: You should be able to locate a large sewer pipe in your basement or crawlspace. The pipe is usually three to four inches in diameter. Once you’ve located it, continue in the direction of the pipe. You can use a thin rod to probe the ground every few feet as you follow the direction of the sewer pipe. You should eventually find the lids. Once you’ve found the lids, be sure to make them visible. You might have to dig up some soil around them. After locating the septic tank lids, feel free to get creative with some yard décor to keep them hidden but easily accessible.
If you are still having a hard time finding the location of your septic tank, try looking up city or county records. Most record offices will have blueprints or other information on each property in their jurisdiction. These records may help you locate the tank before scheduling an appointment.