If you don't live in the city, your property may rely on a septic tank to dispel waste. If that's the case, then it's important to properly maintain this tank throughout the year as to avoid problems. This doesn't have to be difficult if you take these actions.
Monitor Water Consumption
Your septic tank doesn't have unlimited space. There will be a point when it reaches full capacity, and you need to avoid going over this point at all costs. You can do just that by monitoring how much water enters this septic tank.
It may take some time getting used to, but you need to practice water conservation throughout the day. Only flush the toilet when you really have to, avoid taking long showers, and even consider investing in water-efficient appliances. These proactive steps will ensure that you don't flood your septic tank.
Have System Inspected Annually
Even if your septic tank is performing optimally, it's still a good idea to have it inspected once a year. This is the only real way to know what sort of condition the septic tank and corresponding components are in.
A licensed inspector should handle this task. They'll look over integral parts, including the septic tank cover, drain field, pumps, and pipes. If there are any major issues with any of these systems, the inspector will make a note in a thorough report. You'll get this report at the end along with detailed notes. Then, you can have major problems addressed before they get any worse.
Pump Tank at the Correct Intervals
As mentioned earlier, your septic tank only has so much space for waste and water. As such, there will be a point in time when you need to have the tank pumped by a professional company. You can find out how often your tank should be pumped by talking to such a company directly. They'll recommend a custom schedule based on how large your septic tank is and your household's water usage totals. Once this custom pumping schedule is set up, a pump truck will arrive before your tank overflows. The truck will pump your tank and take this waste to the appropriate disposal site.
Having a septic tank on your property means being responsible with its condition and performance. As long as you keep an eye on pivotal systems and take the right precautions on a consistent basis, this tank should work great and hold up for a long time. Contact a septic tank services company to learn more.