A septic system is usually installed because access to a public sewer system is unavailable. While any home can use a septic system, they require the members of the household to be mindful of what is being flushed down the toilet and rinsed down the drain, which is not always attractive to some homeowners. However, in rural locations or communities with a very small population, it is often not a choice and septic systems are the norm.
Essentially, a septic system is designed to treat and dispose of the gray water that is produced by the household. This is done mostly by a natural enzymatic reaction that occurs in the septic tank, next the material moves through the drain field and is dispersed into the soil of the homeowner’s property. When solid materials are washed into the septic tank, they are kept there and then pumped out by a professional septic plumber every three to five years.
When septic systems are treated with care and receive regular service checks, they can last for decades and can make an important contribution to water conservation efforts. Unfortunately, it is estimated by the EPA that 20% of all septic systems fail each year, leaking hazardous waste into the environment, and these failures are largely due to neglect.
As with any other complex system the most effective way to make sure the integrity is supported is by checking in on the system periodically. With the case of a septic system, it is recommended that annual service visits be performed by a plumber. At Call Clint Plumbing of Newburgh, we are highly-experienced in all septic system scenarios and can provide thorough and accurate septic system maintenance. Our team has the training and the extensive experience to recognize possible breakdowns before they escalate.
During a routine maintenance visit our septic technician will conduct the following:
- Check for signs of blockages or clogs. If your system is showing signs of poor water flow, foul odors, or backup of sewage in your basins you likely have a clog or blockage. 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
- Measure solids. Your septic tank should be pumped once every 3 to 5 years depending on the volume of waste that is generated by your household. During a routine maintenance appointment our technician will measure the level of solids in your tank and provide you with a pump schedule
- Check the integrity of the tank. If non-biodegradable materials are flushed down the toilet or rinsed down the drain and diverted to the septic tank, they can begin to weaken the integrity of the tank and cause cracks or leaks. Also, if your septic tank is installed in poor or loose soil any disruption to the soil can cause the tank to shift and the lid could possibly crack or dislodge.
If you are a Newburgh area homeowner and are in need of septic system support, don’t hesitate to contact our office. You will always be greeted by a courteous and professional member of our team and never an automated system. Each member of our team is dedicated to ensuring that our customers receive outstanding customer care from the first moment they contact us. You can count on our team of experts to efficiently and accurately manage any of your septic system needs including those for difficult systems that have special circumstances or additional regulations.