If you aren’t in the septic tank business, you probably don’t know a lot about what a septic tank actually is and how it works – and you know absolutely nothing about how septic tank servicing happens. This isn’t out of the ordinary, and it really isn’t something that most people will concern themselves with – until they actually need help with the septic tank in their homes. [ See more: septic tank service ]
So what do you really need to know about septic tank service? Here are 5 of the things that all homeowners should know:
IT CAN GET REALLY MESSY
If you don’t have your septic tank serviced on a regular basis, it is highly likely that there is something messy brewing in your backyard. If a septic tank gets filled and it isn’t emptied (like is common when someone purchases a home and doesn’t think about the septic tank), it can overflow into your backyard. You will have some water pooling in your yard, but upon closer inspection, the water isn’t all that it appears. The truth is that there is human waste in your yard at this point, and that is really disgusting for most of us to deal with – even with the right gear.
Remember that it doesn’t have to be messy in just your yard – sewage problems have been known to come into homes, go into basements, and impact your neighbors. This is why you do not want to wait until the situation gets too bad – tackle septic tank maintenance on a regular basis.
YOU SHOULDN’T DO IT YOURSELF
Once again, what is happening in your yard is nasty and you shouldn’t do anything yourself. Now, even if it isn’t all that nasty and you don’t have water pooling in your yard, you should not try to do anything yourself. Instead, you should call a professional septic tank service that will handle everything for you. These are the people who know how to handle the equipment, how to dispose of the waste, and how to do everything safely.
This goes for every part of the process – if you have sewage backing up into your yard or into your home, you do not want to try to clean everything up for yourself. Get everyone out of the house as quickly as possible and call that septic tank cleaning service.
THERE ARE VERY OBVIOUS SIGNS OF TROUBLE
There are some very obvious signs that there is going to be some trouble with your sewage system. The most obvious is that there is wastewater backing up into your household drains. It may be a slowly draining shower or black water spewing out of your sinks. It can also just be a nasty smell in your bathroom. The other obvious sign is a bunch of pooling water or muddy soil in your yard, basement, or streaming into the street. Some people have also reported a strong odor around the septic tank and drainfield, though this almost always occurs with other signs of trouble.
However, another common sign of a problem that people often overlook is a bright green field of grass right around the drainfield. Some people may not notice it until the weather gets dry, but you should be able to feel a spongy quality when you walk over it.
HOW A SEPTIC TANK WORKS
Essentially, a septic tank has enzymes in it that break down the waste, pulling it into solids, fats, and liquids. The solids (the waste) sink to the bottom and the fats rise to the top. Over time, the enzymes continue to break down the solids into different parts. The entire process is quite complicated, but it has worked for many areas for a long time.
IT SHOULDN’T BE A REGULAR THING
If you work with a septic tank service that is high quality and knows what they are doing, you shouldn’t need to get your septic tank serviced all that often. In fact, you may be able to wait many years between having your tank serviced. Of course, after one mess, people are often much quicker to have their tanks checked.
Septic tanks may not be the most interesting thing to talk about, but they are something that many of us need to think about, especially if we are homeowners.