The basic function of a septic system is to treat and then dispose of the wastewater that is generated by a household. These systems are installed on-site at the homeowner’s property, eliminating the need to be connected to a public sewer system. Often times, a septic system is the chosen option because access to a public sewer system does not exist or is too far away to be cost-effective.
Essentially a septic tank and a drain field work together to make the septic system. The tank is connected to all of the plumbing fixtures in the home that are designed to carry wastewater away. When water is used in the home, the water and any materials that it contains are washed into the septic tank where a natural enzymatic process begins to happen and breaks down any harmful bacteria that exist in the wastewater. Once the bacteria has been eliminated, the harmless water is then dispersed into the surrounding environment via the drain field.
The water that is funneled into the septic tank can carry all manner of additional materials, making it very important for members of the household to be mindful of what they are flushing and rinsing. For example, if large amounts of chemicals or solvents are rinsed into the septic tank, they can permanent damage the tank’s ability to break down the bacteria rendering the tank useless. In these situations the homeowner finds themselves forced to replace the entire septic tank, which can be costly and damaging to their property or landscaping.
The best way to keep your septic system in proper working order is to have a professional come to your location on an annual basis and service your septic system. Call Clint Plumbing has years of experience with septic systems and we are experts at recognizing issues discovered during routine maintenance visits and addressing them before they turn into expensive malfunctions.
During a routine maintenance check on your septic system our team will:
- 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, the EPA estimates that nearly 20% of septic systems throughout the Country fail each year. A failing septic system usually involves a leak of hazardous waste into the environment near and around the home. Keeping your septic system properly maintained and regularly serviced by a professional is essential to avoiding a septic leak.
The residents of Poughkeepsie have trusted our team of outstanding plumbers for years with all of their septic system needs. We are specialists in working on septic systems that include special circumstances, including those that are installed near protected watersheds. These systems are regulated by additional rules to keep the surrounding environment safe and preserved and our team is well-versed in all aspects.