Is it time for your periodic septic tank pumping? Then it must be time for a tank pumping party! You may not know it, but it is tradition in some families to have a party after each pumping of the tank! It is a good excuse to invite all the neighbors over for a potluck dinner and barbeque. Just remember to make sure the air is clear before setting up the picnic tables and lighting the barbeque pit. Sewage fumes can linger and possibly wipe out those evening hunger pangs and the voracious desire to eat a pile of hot dogs.
If you have a septic system installed for your home, there are some basic things you should be aware of. Even if you are building a new home and will need a septic system installed, there are some important steps that must be followed before installation. Here are some tips to help you understand the basics of septic system maintenance and usage.
- Before you install a septic system, you need to have the soil tested by the local health department. Not all soils can be used to treat raw sewage. Your health department specialist will inform you of all the options available if yours is not the proper type of soil to sustain a septic system. Perhaps your contractor will be able to haul in the proper soil. Be sure to coordinate this action with your health inspector so that all applicable building and health codes are followed.
- Your home’s septic system was installed according to the size of your home and the number of occupants dwelling there. Typically, a system can handle around 50 gallons of waste per day. It is important that you know exactly how much your system can handle and then stay within those parameters. If you over-burden your septic system, the result could be flooding of the liquid waste from the tank.
- There has been discussion on whether it is important or necessary to use chemicals in your septic tank. Discuss this issue with your local Roto-Rooter professional. There may be some chemicals that are useful in keeping your sewer pipes clear. Your plumbing technician may also recommend chemicals that will treat the waste products in your tank.
The simplicity and efficiency of a septic system makes it an attractive addition to your rural home that is unable to be hooked into any community waste disposal and treatment plant. Be sure to pump the tank periodically and don’t forget the party!