For homes in small communities or rural areas rinsing certain products down the sink or flushing non-biodegradable paper products down the toilet can have serious repercussions. These homes likely have a septic system installed on-site to manage all of the waste and wastewater that is generated and, while septic systems are constructed to last for decades, if not properly cared for they can develop a major plumbing emergency.
One part of a septic system is the tank, ranging anywhere from 500 to 1,000 gallons this tank is installed underground on your property and is designed to catch all of the wastewater that is diverted from the fixtures in your home. Once the wastewater arrives in the septic tank, a natural enzymatic breakdown begins to treat the wastewater. The efficiency of this process relies largely on the amount of waste that comes into the tank with the water. Things like harsh cleaning chemicals and large amounts of health and beauty products can permanently disrupt the environment of the tank.
While being mindful of what you and your family are flushing and rinsing into the septic system is important to ensuring a health septic system, perhaps the most important thing you can do is to have a professional plumber come to your home annually to provide routine maintenance services. At Call Clint Plumbing we have been trusted for years by Mt. Kisco residents to ensure that their septic systems are in proper working order.
In fact, when we provide an annual septic service visit some of the steps that we take include:
- 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.
The EPA closely monitors septic system failures because a failure typically involves hazardous waste leaking into the environment. Our expert plumbers have extensive training and experience working with the EPA regulations when installing, repairing, and providing maintenance for septic systems.
In fact, we are specialists in working on septic systems that involve special regulations including those that are installed on small lots or near watersheds. For all of your septic repair, maintenance, and installation needs don’t hesitate to contact our office. We are available 24/7 for emergencies and your call will always be answered by a live person.