If you've recently bought a home outside of city limits, the chances are greater that you have just inherited a septic tank. A septic tank can be a great option for managing sewage, but it does take a bit more upkeep than your traditional sewage system. Here are some things to find out about your septic tank.
Septic Tank Maintenance Basics
The first item on your checklist is to develop some general knowledge about how to take care of a septic system. For instance, there may be greater limitations on your plumbing system. Garbage disposals are probably out of the question, and you might need to learn how to ration water to avoid overflowing the tank; for instance, doing laundry and washing dishes at the same time is probably something to avoid. Besides knowing what not to do, also focus your research on learning how to promote septic tank health through things like regular septic tank pumping and septic treatment.
Location and Configuration of Your Tank
Now it's time to get to the specific of your tank. The first thing to do is learn about the location and configuration of your tank. You may be able to locate the above ground portion of the tank on your own. However, a septic service can probably give you more details about the underground portions of the tank and the shape and area of the drainfield. You'll want to know these details so that you can tread lightly on this area. As an example, there are delicate processes going on in the area of the drainfield; you'll want to avoid building on these areas or placing heavy items on the surface of the ground over the drain field.
Your Tank's Condition
Your septic maintenance team can also tell you about the current condition of your septic tank. It's a great idea to get a clean bill of health when you've just purchased the property so that you can be sure you have no pressing septic tank issues to worry about. The septic service will inspect the tank and drain field to ensure that there's no damage. They may suggest certain plumbing tests to check the connections with your septic tank.
Finally, see if you can find details on the general maintenance schedule of your septic tank. If the previous owners had roughly the same household size, then you could ask them for details on how often they have had to pump the tank. Get set up for regular maintenance with your septic service so that you have one less thing to worry about.
For more information, talk to a professional like SOS Septic Inc.