No one likes to spend too much time on routine maintenance, but when it comes to septic tanks, it’s absolutely necessary. Not keeping up on your system can lead to a whole myriad of problems that can far outweigh the cost of a routine check-up and create a whole swath of headaches.
Here’s why septic tank maintenance is important and why you need to make sure you’ve got someone looking at your system at least once every 2-3 years. Let’s jump right in!
It keeps your system running smoothly
When systems aren’t looked after, they become prone to leaks, blockages, backups and an overgrowth of bad bacteria. A routine inspection will identify these issues before they cause an emergency and make sure your tank is running like new.
In addition – inspections will prolong the life of your tank. You’ll know when to clean, repair or chemically balance the tank. People frequently make the mistake of avoiding inspections because they think it’ll reveal a problem they have to pay for. It’s actually the opposite that’s true! More often than not, inspections will reveal what you don’t have to do for now.
Know when to get your system pumped
Pumping needs to happen at least once every 3-5 years depending on the age, size and usage of your tank. If overflow occurs, the wastewater will pool above the septic tank and trust us when we tell you that the awful smell will be the least of your worries. Viruses, bacteria and other baddies in wastewater can contaminate soil, drinking water and presents an enormous risk to not only the surrounding environment, but your health as well.
In addition – overloaded septic tanks can back up into your home and cause thousands of dollars in both damage and clean up. All of these can be avoided by simply making sure you schedule maintenance checks.
Maintains value in your home
In the event you ever decide to sell your home – you’ll likely be asked for a proof of routine inspection by folks interested in buying. Producing that paperwork can show that you’ve made maintenance a priority over the years and can help preserve your home’s value. If you don’t, it might give them a little wiggle room to leverage you.
If you think it’s time for you to get your system looked at, give us a call and we’ll be happy to come and take a look!