Septic Tank Plumbing and Maintenance Tips

Septic Tank Plumbing and Maintenance Tips

It is important to stay on top of all the different needs that a home plumbing system has. Between the plumbing layout, appliances, and disposal of waste, there are a lot of things that can go wrong and get messy quickly. If these areas are not taking care of on a frequent basis, serious issues can arise that could cost you thousands of dollars to fix, while also causing serious damage to the structure of your home. To ensure that you are safe from these things happening, schedule a full system inspection with a Roto-Rooter service technician.

One area in particular that can cause you quite a few headaches is the septic system. Depending on where the septic tank is located and how much water your household uses, you may need to schedule service appointments more often than the typical two to three-year time range. In an effort to help our customers as best we can, we have assembled the following tips for septic tank pumping and maintenance.


How the Septic Tank Functions

While millions of people who live in urban and suburban areas enjoy city sewer services, there are still millions more who depend on septic tanks and drain fields to disperse waste in a safe and efficient manner. Most septic tanks have one or two compartments that fill up and separate the waste into scum, liquid, and sludge. While many tanks still rely on natural drainage flow to push out these contents into the drain field, in order to avoid constant backups and other problems, a septic tank can have an electric pump installed that helps to maintain a constant flow, pushing out the treated waste safely and reliably. The drain field then allows the treated waste to absorb into the soil, where plants and other things can utilize it as a source of nutrients. Drain fields typically last a very long time, anywhere between thirty to forty years if properly maintained.


The Dos and Don'ts of a Drain Field

 One of the main reasons getting a septic tank pumped is so important is because it allows a great bulk of dispelled waste to be removed. It also prevents blockages and backups from forming. If the septic tank in your home plumbing system is greater than 1,000 gallons, it is vital to have the system pumped and cleaned out often enough to keep the drain field from experiencing an overload.

Fore more information about septic tank pumping, call Roto-Rooter today.

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