If you’ve recently moved into a home with a septic system, you may be uncertain as to what that entails. Homeowners may find that they are used to homes built on a sewer system. New septic tank owners should familiarize themselves with some basic guidelines to ensure they understand their new system.
Septic tank systems fall under the responsibility of the homeowner, so there are a few things to bear in mind. Inspections should be done yearly and pumping every 3-5 years. Spending the time and money to maintain the system properly will ensure that it continues to work without any hiccups, such as costly blockages and overloaded tanks.
Quick Start Guide for New Septic Tank Owners
For those new septic tank owners, there are a few key differences between a tank and a sewer system to keep in mind. Most important, homeowners are responsible for their septic system and will need to pay for inspections and regular maintenance.
When moving into a home with a septic system, homeowners should know the following:
- Where the tank is located
- When was it last pumped
- How large is the tank’s capacity
- What is the recommended maintenance schedule
It’s not uncommon for new owners to want a professional inspection of their septic system upon moving in. This provides them with the information they need to maintain the system according to protocol. If the previous owners hadn’t pumped the tank within the recommended period, it’s likely overdue.
Homeowners with septic systems are solely responsible for maintenance and pumping. This can feel like a hassle but once the schedule is in place, inspections should only need to occur yearly, and pumping only every 3-5 years.
Depending on the septic company, they may not clean the tank after pumping it. Make a note to ask the company about septic cleaning services, as this can help prevent a buildup of sludge inside of the tank — which can cause blockages later on. At Advanced Septic Services, we always makes sure to set you up for success.
Warnings for New Septic Tank Owners
When using a septic system, there are a few things that should never go down the drain. The health of the system can be affected by items such as harsh chemicals and grease. These can cause a build-up within the tank, as well as affect the pH balance of the wastewater. As new septic tank owners, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the Do Not Flush Rules.
Everyone can benefit from water conservation, including your septic tank. Using too much water can overwhelm the system and can potentially cause a flooding incident. High-efficiency toilets and dishwashers can decrease the amount of water usage in the home.
Without proper maintenance, the drain field can be at risk of flooding with sewage. This not only damages the surrounding vegetation, but it can also cause an unpleasant smell to encompass the area. You should also never drive or park a vehicle on the drain field or near the tank.
Plants and trees around the field should be removed if they pose a risk of root intrusion. These roots can cause harm to the system and can be a larger headache down the road if they’re allowed to grow freely and intrude on the septic tank and pipes.
Overall, a functioning septic system can take a bit of extra care. Maintaining your septic system can protect the investment in your home, so many homeowners want to ensure that the tank is properly inspected, pumped, and cleaned according to schedule.
New Septic Tank Owners? We’ll Inspect Your System.
If you’ve found yourself as the new owner of a septic system, you may want to know the ins and outs of your tank. Advanced Septic Services can provide you with a maintenance schedule as well as information surrounding your particular tank and system. If the septic tank needs to be pumped, we can provide that service as well!