If you have a septic tank, then you know bad things can happen if it doesn’t get cared for properly. The EPA recommends that you have your septic system professionally inspected at least every three years, or every year if you have electrical float systems or pumps. You may also need to get your tank pumped. The frequency depends on your household size and how much waste you produce and can range from every year to every five years. It can also be influenced by climate – the further north you are, the more often your tank needs to be pumped.
You should get your tank inspected and any preventive maintenance done in the fall. Why? Because the last time you want to experience a septic tank emergency is in the middle of the winter when your tank is buried under 2-3 feet of snow and the ground is frozen. By checking your tank in the fall, you reduce the risk of winter septic disasters.
While you can inspect your septic tank yourself, this is not always the best idea. A professional will have a better idea of what might be going wrong, especially if your tank has complicated mechanical parts. What you should do yourself is keep an eye – or more often a nose – on your tank. Water backups and any kind of odor are an indication something is going on with your septic tank. A professional will also have the equipment needed to do a full inspection, including going into the septic tank to do an internal inspection (a task which requires breathing gear).
The inspector will check your tank for leaks, make sure it is not waterlogged, and check the condition of the tank after it has been pumped. A full professional inspection is necessary to make sure your septic tank is functioning at full capacity.
Earthcare offers residential and commercial septic tank pumping and inspection services. Contact us for more information about how we can help you avoid winter septic disasters, extend the life of your septic system, and ensure your safety.