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Guidelines To Help Homeowners That Are Considering Adding A Septic Tank System

by April Rivera

For many rural homeowners, it can be more efficient and effective to opt for a septic tanks system. However, these homeowners will often be ill-prepared to anticipate what is involved with the installation of these systems. In order to help you avoid problems or unnecessary stress, there are some important guidelines to respect as you work through the process of having a septic tank installed on your property.

Understand The Need To Address Erosion

Over the course of a day, a septic tank system will release substantial amounts of water into the ground. For homes with soil that is prone to eroding, this can represent a potential problem as the drainage from the septic system may contribute to soil stability issues. Having a soil test done will provide you with the information to know whether this is a problem you should expect to encounter. In instances where a septic tank is likely to worsen existing erosion issues, it is possible to compensate for this problem by increasing the size of the drain field as this will spread the water from the system over a much larger area.

Respect The Limits Of Your System

Septic tanks have strict limits on what can be put in them, and it is important for homeowners to respect these limits. For example, a septic system will not be able to break down plastics or other inorganic materials, and this can increase the risk of the system clogging. Also, these systems can be extremely sensitive to the addition of harshing cleaning products or other chemicals. This is due to the system's reliance on bacteria to break down the various materials that enter the tank. Due to the sizable expenses that can come from having a clogged septic tank repaired, adhering to these recommendations can be vital to limiting your maintenance costs.

Keep A Maintenance Log

A septic tank will not require a tremendous amount of work on the part of the homeowner. Typically, a modern septic tank will only need to be pumped and serviced every few years to avoid problems. While this can make these systems convenient to own, it can also lead to homeowners forgetting about these systems until a problem arises. One way to help you keep up with the maintenance that has been done to your system is to keep a maintenance log. In this log, you should include the installation date as well as the dates whenever the system is serviced or pumped. Reviewing this log will make determining whether you need to schedule maintenance for the system a simple task.

Contact your local plumbing contractor for more information and assistance.