In its most basic description, a septic system is comprised of both a septic tank and a drain field, each having a part in the on-site treatment and disposal of the wastewater resulting from the daily activities of a household. The job of the septic tank is to be the holding vessel where all of the wastewater is diverted from each of the fixtures in the home. Also, inside of the tank is where the process of breaking down the waste occurs, via enzymes. Once any harmful components of the water have been treated, the now harmless water is then pumped through the drain field and released into the soil.
As you can imagine, a big factor in the thorough breakdown of the waste is the volume waste that comes in with the water. For instance, if large amounts of shaving cream, unused medications, or chemicals come into the tank along with the water, the breaking down of these products will pose a significant challenge to the environment of the tank and could actually damage it. For homeowners that have a septic system, being mindful of what they are flushing down the toilet or rinsing down the drain is an important part of ensuring the integrity of the system.
An additional step to making sure your septic system does not malfunction is having annual service checks performed on the system by a professional plumber. Call Clint Plumbing has been providing Peekskill homeowners with thorough and budget-friendly septic system service for years. A routine maintenance check of your septic system will provide you with information about the current condition of your tank, drain field, and all applicable components so that you know if there are any minor issues that could escalate if left unchecked.
Some of the steps we will take when inspecting your septic system are:
- 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.
Unfortunately, it was recently reported by the EPA that every year in the US 20% of the septic systems nationwide fail. Usually a septic system fail includes the leaking of toxic waste into the environment, which causes dangerous conditions for the family living in the home as well as the flora, fauna, and wildlife living in surrounding areas.
If your septic system needs maintenance or repair, don’t hesitate to call our friendly staff and discuss your options. You can trust that your call will always be answered by a helpful member of our team, we never have an automated system answer the phones. And, from the first interaction you have with us you will be treated with care and respect.
Our team also specializes in installing and working on septic systems that are in difficult areas such as loose soil or near watersheds. Because of the special nature of these surroundings, there are additional government entities involved and with that come more regulations to abide by. You can trust our expert plumbers to be well-versed in any rules and additional regulations that are applicable to your situation.