Septic systems are highly at risk and in danger to be damaged after the flooding. After any flooding, homeowners should not pump their tanks. If they pump out the wastewater when flooding just occurred, it would end in the tank floating out of the soil. The reason for this is that the soil was softened by the recent flooding. If the tank comes up, it is going to damage the pipes. It is important to have frequent septic maintenance but avoid it if recent flooding occurred. The best solution in situations like this is often to plug the drains in the basement to reduce any water usage within the house.
Septic System Do’s
Do limit the amount of stuff you put down your garbage disposal
The more junk you dispose of down the garbage disposal, the more likely you are to damage your septic system. To avoid clogging your system up, try not to put cooking grease, coffee grounds, and fats down the disposal. Instead, dispose of these items in the trash.
Do perform regular septic maintenance
To keep your septic system running efficiently, we recommend having a service professional inspect your septic system every year. According to the EPA, household septic systems are pumped every three to five years. Professionals should be able to tell you how often your septic system needs to be pumped. Pumping a septic system when needed will prevent it from breaking down.
Maintain your drain field
To maintain your drain field, avoid planting gardens and trees nearby. This will prevent roots from growing and bumping against your septic system. You should also avoid parking cars over your drain field.
Septic System Don’ts
Don’t flush items down the toilet
To prevent breaking your system, avoid flushing anything down the toilet that isn’t toilet paper. While toilet paper is designed to break down and dissolve inside septic tanks, other items are not. Even items described as “flushable” should not be flushed down your toilet. According to the EPA, items to avoid flushing down the toilet include cooking grease or oil, flushable wipes, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, paper towels, and cat litter – among many other non-flushable items.
Don’t pour chemicals down the drain
Whether you’re at the kitchen sink or the bathroom shower, avoid pouring chemical drain openers, oil, grease, and toxic liquids down the drain. This will prevent damage to your septic system.
Don’t put rainwater drainage systems near your drain field
Keeping things off and away from your drain field area should be a top priority. The EPA reports that excess rainwater from a drainage system, such as a roof drain, can cause excess water to accumulate near your drain field. In turn, this will only slow down your septic system’s treatment process.
Signs that the Septic Tank is Full
The drains and toilets running slowly is a sign that the septic tank is already full. Foul odors and pooling water above the drain field are classic signs that the septic tank needs to be cleaned and pumped out.
Septic Tank Maintenance Cost
According to Home Guide, the average national cost of cleaning or pumping a septic tank ranges from $295 to $610. Most people would spend around $375 on average. Depending on the septic tank’s size, pumping might cost around $250 for a tank holding 750-gallon wastewater. 1,250-gallon tank maintenance can be priced at $895. There are 35.7 million homes in the United States that have a septic tank installed. This high demand for septic tank services means that almost all locations have a nearby septic tank service provider.
To properly assess the cost of maintaining a septic tank system, the homeowner must have an idea of the septic tank’s size. This is also helpful to determine the right method for emptying the tank. New homeowners can ask the previous homeowners about the tank size. Others can ask their construction contractor or engineer to know the septic tank size. In this way, the homeowner will know if the septic tank is adequate for the size of the family living in the home.
Septic Tank Maintenance Frequency
Proper septic tank cleaning and pumping are done every three to five years. This maintenance frequency can help improve the lifespan and functionality of the entire septic system. The maintenance will have the septic tank technician examine the leach field, pipes, drains, and tank to ensure that all things are properly functioning.
If left uncleaned, certain parts of the septic tank system will deteriorate and clog the leach field. If these issues are inspected early, the repair costs will be kept to a minimum. The repair will be minimal with no effect on the systems’ functionalities. Frequent septic maintenance will help a better flow and safer systems in place.
An average household septic system should at least be pumped every two to three years. This is to make sure that the level of sludge in the septic tank will not reach its maximum.