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Assessing Your Waste Management System

Assessing Your Waste Management System

Unless your toilet is creating a backflow into the other drains in the house, you might never consider the importance of your septic tank and its conditions. However, having maintenance done shouldn’t be ignored, as tanks can break down and create serious headaches when not resolved. Having a septic tank inspection done is one way to prevent an emergency waste situation.

What is Your Waste System?

Septic tanks are large tanks that hold waste products from the residence or structure, and they can be made out of plastic, steel, or concrete. Like any storage tank, it can reach a maximum fill point, at which time the waste needs to be pumped out, drained underground through a leech field, or broken down and destroyed through chemical or bacteria additives. Time will take a toll on the storage tank, and eventually, maintenance will be necessary to keep the tank doing what it was designed to do.

The Inspection Process

Small tanks generally require more inspections than larger ones, and for a full maintenance assessment to be done, the tank should be pumped out. For most systems, a septic tank inspection should occur at once every three to five years.  An inspection should include both exterior and interior areas of the tank. On the outside, the tank, drainage points, connectors, and leech field should have a visual inspection done. The interior can be checked through a test on the functions of the tank, and this will require a field service agent. They add colored dye to the water to search for leaks. They also check for wear and tear along the baffles or lids.

If there is significant damage or the tank is extremely dated, it might be time for a replacement. Steel tanks can rust, and concrete tanks break down over time. If the tank is buried near the home, then vehicle traffic and pressure might create weakness in the tank. At this point, your septic tank inspection will show you need a replacement.

Because of the codes, safety, and equipment needed for installation, always call a professional if you are replacing your septic tank. They can also help you with regular inspections maintenance.