8 Points To Check Yearly On Your Septic Tank

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As an owner of a septic system do you know about doing a once a year inspection for maintenance? If the local health department gives permission, you can do the inspection on your own septic system, but they must approve it first. If you don’t want to go that route, you can hire a septic specialist to do the inspection.

Any responsible septic tank owner will want to be alert to the signs of failure because of the cost. It is somewhat expensive when there is a septic failure, usually no less than $3,000 grand. It only cost from 50 to 150 bucks for inspection, and it 250 dollars at most for having it pumped out, so it is cheaper to keep up maintenance.

Also, when septic systems crap out, the untreated wastewater presents a problem with the ability to contaminate any groundwater, drinking water sources and it can make people really sick with diseases such as typhoid fever.

It is recommended that you hire a professional septic system company to do the inspection. Some states require it, so check with yours before doing anything.

Here are 8 points to check yearly on your septic tank:
1. Are there any odors coming from the tank area? Standing water or damp spots near the septic tank or drainfield?

2. Make sure that you know where the septic system is located. Sometimes there is real green grass growing on top and in winter, snow melts faster atop the area. Make a map to remember exactly where it is located for the future.

3. Baring the manhole and reviewing ports: You may have to dig out your yard a bit, so make the ports easier to find next time if they are covered up. You may need to install risers if deemed a must.

4. Flushing all the toilets in the home will tell if the plumbing is working, as it should.

5. Measuring the layers of sludge and scum: Using a clear plastic long tube, like a straw but much bigger, it is pushed through layers to the very end of the tank. When it is pulled out, it shows exactly what is in the tank.

6. Check the drain field and the tank. Check the distribution box and pump if there are any.

7. Cleanse the effluent filter if your tank has one. It usually can be pulled out from the inspection port on top of the baffle on the drain field side of the tank and hosed down.

8. Check baffles for waste covering them and report this a.s.a.p. because it tells that there is an outpouring someplace. A pro should check for erosion and any water streams.