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Guide to Septic Tank Inspection and Replacement

Nobody thinks about what happens to the waste after flushing the toilet. For those of us whose homes are on urban water system, we will never have to think about it. You cannot ignore this issue because it is an issue of maintenance if your home is hooked to septic systems. Whether your home is new or old, you need to have your septic tank regularly inspected and replacement costs may be avoided is issues are spotted before they become emergencies.

Most septic tank systems will include a large plastic holding tank for storage, although older ones may be made of steel or concrete. In a septic tanks you will find waste water and waste material that comes from flushing the toilet. Sometimes septic tank content reach to its maximum level and when this happens the contents need to be disposed in some ways. Pumping it out, adding bacteria or chemicals to break down the waste solids or by allowing it to drain into the soil through a leech field are the ways by which the waste in a septic tank is disposed of.

Maintenance will need to be done to our septic systems like all hard working systems because time will wear them. You need regular schedule for septic tank inspection and replacement assessment because you can never tell if you septic tank needs maintenance already since most septic tanks are underground and cannot be seen. Basic septic maintenance involves a lot and it is important to be able to avoid major problems or even potential problems so that you don’t have to spend unnecessarily to solve the problems.

You may have a leech field for your septic tank, or you can even be adding bacteria to it to break down the waste, yet it is still important for the tank to be pumped out regularly in order for technicians to check if there are maintenance issues. Smaller tanks need more frequent maintenance than larger tanks. Despite having water conservation measures in place, you still need the tank to be pumped out and inspected at least once in three to five years.

It is necessary to open the tank and check the inside if you want a good and thorough inspection, which also includes a visual check of the tank, connectors, and drainage points, and the leech field. Tests are performed by field service agents where they test the function of the tank itself like adding dye to the water to test for leaks. Signs of wear and tear will also be seen in baffles, lids, connections and connecting pipes that can easily be reached.

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