While the team at Mid-Tenn Septic & Plumbing recommends you have your septic tank pumped every three to five years, several factors determine if this should be completed sooner. The age of the system and the type of solids being flushed down the system are two factors that can affect the frequency of septic tank cleaning. Whenever you do have your tank pumped, there are three actions you can take that will help the process go even more smoothly.
1. Keep a Record of Septic Tank Maintenance
We recommend you keep track of all septic tank maintenance, service, and repairs that have been conducted since you’ve lived in the home. When our specialists come to your home to perform any septic tank maintenance, including pumping, it can be helpful to have a complete history – especially if we run into any snags or have any questions.
2. Locate System Components
Do you know where your septic tank system and components are located? Older septic systems are typically buried underground. Our technicians are well-versed in locating septic tanks, even in older homes; but if you have an idea of where to start looking, that can be immensely helpful. We also recommend you have a map of the layout of the septic system, including all elements, i.e., the tank, pipes, and drain field. This is more for your benefit than for ours. You do not want to place any heavy equipment or conduct any extensive landscaping near the septic tank or any of its components.
3. Clear Away All Debris
We do appreciate it when thoughtful homeowners take the time to clear away any debris, like tree branches, or equipment, like lawn furniture, from the septic tank area. This not only keeps your belongings safe during the pumping process but also prevents any debris from falling into the tank, which can cause further damage to your system down the road.
Why Is It Important to Maintain a Healthy Septic Tank?
Your septic system is a crucial element of your home. While it often goes unnoticed, it’s working 24/7 to dispose of your home’s waste. Because many homeowners don’t notice the septic tank that often, they frequently fail or forget to schedule routine septic tank maintenance.
When you neglect septic system maintenance, it can cause numerous issues like:
- Overflowing or seeping leach fields and septic tanks
- Unpleasant sewage odor
- Overflowing toilets resulting in toxic sewage in your house
There are several reasons why regular maintenance of your septic tank is essential, including:
1. Property Value
When it comes time to sell your property and home, a septic tank inspection could show issues indicating your system didn’t receive proper maintenance for years. This could cause you to lose a potential sale.
2. Good Health
Improper septic tank maintenance can cause significant health problems if you have wastewater that’s not been adequately treated draining into your well, yard, and surface water. A severely neglected septic tank can even lead to backwash flowing into your house, introducing bacteria into it.
3. Protects the Environment
Over 4 billion gallons of wastewater are dispersed each day below the surface of the ground. Contaminated groundwater, through untreated or poorly treated household wastewater, can pose a threat to the environment. A malfunctioning septic system can release viruses, bacteria, and toxic chemicals to local waterways and into the ground, streams, lakes, rivers, and more, which can harm local ecosystems and kill wildlife.
Choose Mid-Tenn Septic & Plumbing
For effective septic tank cleaning and pumping, contact Mid-Tenn Septic & Plumbing or request service online. We also offer septic tank repair, installation, maintenance, inspection, and emergency septic system service.
Knowing the fundamentals of your home’s septic tank and how it works is essential to identify issues as they arise. Whether you’re looking for septic tank cleaning or emergency septic service , we’ll always deliver courteous service at a price that’s fair every time. We have sophisticated diagnostic tools to identify and fix problems before they turn into costly repairs. Call us now and we look forward to hearing from you.
Mid-Tenn Septic and Plumbing
4470 old Lebanon dirt rd. Mt Juliet TN 37122