Insight To Help You Keep Your Septic System Working Properly And Maintained

Your septic tank and system provide you with continuous waste treatment, but if you don't take care of it, it will fail and leave you with problems needing repairs. Here are some recommendations to stay on top of the health and quality of your septic system.

Complete a Regular Pumping Schedule

One of the most important parts of taking care of your septic system is to pump it on a regular basis. As you use your septic system, the tank fills with waste and the solids sink down into the tank so the fluids can drain into the drain field lines. But when your tank gets more full with time, it will eventually cause the solids to flow into the drain field, causing damage to your system and requiring a repair to the lines. 

Find out what capacity your septic tank is and get a good recommendation based on its size and your household size for a septic pumping schedule. A general recommendation is every two to five years, but it is better to pump your tank before the tank is full than to wait until it is over-capacity.

Inspect For Problems

When issues arise in your septic system with slow drains, toilet backups on a regular basis, or a flooded septic drain field site, you will need to arrange for a professional inspection of your system. Your septic system can fail if you fail to pump the tank on a regular basis. This will result in your tank getting full of solid waste and thereby reducing the capacity of your tank and eventually allowing solid waste to flow out into the drain field lines. 

Other problems may occur if tree roots intrude into the septic lines or tank or exterior soil issues cause compression and cracking to the pipe, which can happen if you drive a vehicle over the septic site. However, your septic professional can inspect the tank and its drain lines with their drain line inspection camera. This device allows your septic professional to have a visual inspection of the interior of the system. The professional looks for clogs from waste in the line, an overflowing tank, or solids that have flowed into the drain field lines. 

With a visual inspection of the entire system interior, you can determine what type of condition underground lines are in and what type of debris has caused the waste to clog anywhere in your home's septic waste system. A septic inspection with visual details is a great option when you are buying a house with a septic system so you know what condition the tank and lines are in before you close on the purchase.

Contact a local septic service to learn more about drain camera inspections.