Answers To Two Common Questions About Septic Tanks

Posted on: 29 January 2015

Thanks to their efficiency and economy, septic systems are a wonderful means of waste management. Yet for many people, septic systems remain shrouded in mystery. Whether you are considering switching over to a septic system, or are simply curious about the one you already have, this article will provide answers to two commonly asked questions about septic systems.

1. Will my garbage disposal cause problems?

It's true that, with a septic system, you have to be more careful about the things you put down the drain. Chemical products, anti-bacterial soaps, cat litter, and paint can cause serious problems. Many people incorrectly assume that food particles from a garbage disposal will do the same. Yet the fact is, a garbage disposal can actually help to improve the functioning of your septic system.

By breaking food particles down into smaller sizes, a garbage disposal makes it easier for the beneficial bacteria living in your septic system to do their job: breaking waste down. These bacteria struggle when it comes to breaking down larger particles, which in turn wind up turning to sludge at the bottom of the tank. Using a garbage disposal will help reduce this type of build up, thus lengthening the amount of time between tank cleanings.

2. How often do I need to have my tank cleaned?

Unfortunately, there is no universal answer to this question. The cleaning schedule of a given septic tank depends on a number of factors, such as

  • size of the tank
  • number of people in the household
  • what goes into the tank

Don't worry--things do get easier once you have definite answers to questions such as these. By consulting a septic tank pumping chart, you should be able to make a good estimate of your cleaning frequency. People are much more likely to get into trouble when purchasing a new home with a preexisting septic system.

Failing to inquire about the size of the tank--and the date of its last cleaning--is a common mistake, one that can lead to gross and costly results. Be sure to request all such relevant information when buying a new home. Not only that, but request a schematic of the septic tank's location underground. This will save you the cost of your septic cleaning company having to locate it for you.

Bottom Line

Septic systems aren't as scary as you might think. When well-taken care of, they can provide many years of reliable, efficient waste treatment. Making a small effort to educate yourself on some key points will help to ensure that your septic system does its job the way it should. Talk to a professional like Hemley's Septic Tank Cleaning for more information.


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