While many homes are connected to a public sewer system for diverting and treating the wastewater that is produced by their household, one in every four homes nationwide actually have a septic system installed on-site to handle this task. A septic system is essentially a large tank and a grouping of pipes that are configured to treat and dispose of the waste and wastewater that is either rinsed down drain or flushed down the toilet inside of a home.
A septic tank can vary in size ranging from 500 to 1,000 gallons and is buried under the ground on the homeowner’s property, but away from the house. Once installed, the tank is connected to the fixtures of the home and catches all of the materials and used water that come from the house. Anything that is diverted into the tank goes through an enzymatic process that breaks down the waste. For solids that are not treated by the enzymes, a professional plumber will come every three to five years and pump the tank.
If the septic system is not properly cared for and maintained, it will eventually develop a malfunction and fail. The EPA has reported that 20% of all of the septic systems nationwide fail each year, and leak sewage into the soil and surrounding environment of the property. To avoid this from happening at your house, make sure to contact Call Clint Plumbing of Brewster and schedule a maintenance appointment.
It is recommended that your septic system receive maintenance on an annual basis, and our team is so widely trusted for thorough septic service and superior customer care that most of our Brewster area customers come back to us year after year.
During a routine septic maintenance visit our expert plumbing technician will do the following and more:
- Check for signs of blockages or clogs. Our technician will check the entire system from start to finish and locate the issue so we can then repair it or provide you with options
- Check the integrity of the tank. If your tank has been trying to manage materials that are not septic-friendly, there might be weakness in the walls of the tank. Also, if your tank is installed in loose soil and there has been any shifting, the lid or the seams of the tank may have shifted.
- Measure solids. Your septic tank should be pumped once every 3 to 5 years. When our technician is conducting routine service he or she will check the amounts of solid waste inside of your septic tank and will advise you on a pumping schedule.
While some people might think that having an annual maintenance visit is an unnecessary expense, in the long run it can actually save you money. When your septic system is inspected on a yearly basis, any small issues that might escalate into major problems if left unchecked, can be addressed and repaired. A septic malfunction can include anything from a crack in the tank to tree roots encroaching on the drain field pipes, and often times involves waste leaking onto your property.
Our highly-trained plumbers have extensive knowledge and training in all septic techniques and technologies. We have invested in the latest in septic equipment and tools and can easily recognize which tools are right for which job. Whether you need septic maintenance, repair, installation, or pumping you can count on us to get the job done right – the first time!