Essentially, a septic system involves two different operations that work in synergy to process the waste that is created by the members of a household. This waste processing occurs in the tank of the septic system that is installed on the property of the homeowner. Inside of the tank occurs a natural enzymatic environment that works to breakdown the liquid waste that is flushed or rinsed into the tank. Next, the treated and harmless liquids move through the pipes of the drain field and are released into the soil. The solids that land in the tank are kept there until they are professionally pumped from the tank every 3 to 5 years, as recommended.
For homeowners that live in rural areas or where there is no access to a public sewer system, septic systems are a great alternative. These systems are designed for efficiency and built for durability, and when properly maintained a septic system will last for several decades. Unfortunately, most septic systems are not properly maintained, resulting in a system breakdown or leak. In fact, the EPA reports that 20% of all septic systems will breakdown every year.
When a septic system has a malfunction there are many signs that your plumbing system will exhibit. If these signs are ignored, the eventual result will be the leaking of hazardous waste into the soil around your home. To best avoid this from happening, the best thing you can do is to have a professional plumber come to your home and service your septic system annually.
Some tasks that your plumber will conduct when servicing your septic system 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.
If you are a homeowner in the Rhinebeck area and your septic system is in need of service, call our office today! The experts at Call Clint Plumbing have years of experience working with all types of septic systems and can accurately and efficiently manage any situation that might arise. Septic systems each come with various complications and some even come with additional rules and regulations as administered by your local municipalities.
Our team has the extensive training and knowledge needed to easily provide superior septic system support, while keeping to the applicable regulations and environmental rules including the Clean Water Act. You can count on our expert septic plumbers to provide you with accurate and efficient installation, repair, and maintenance services no matter the age, location, or condition of your system.