Septic tanks usually need to be pumped every three years. If you have one, then chances are you already know the “shoulds.” Pump your septic tank every three years at the very least. Every five years, you should have your whole septic system inspected by an expert. But even if you already know these “shoulds”, you may not fully understand WHY they matter.
It isn’t simply something you should do to keep your septic tank in good condition. It’s something you should consider. Those are the four main reasons it pays–sometimes literally. Septic tanks need to be maintained. If you’re thinking about getting your septic tank cleaned, consider these benefits:
EPA estimates that regular septic tank maintenance costs $250-500 every three to five years. Septic systems can cost $3000-7000 to repair or replace. We haven’t even considered the damages an overflowing septic tank could cause. You could suffer considerable property damage if your septic system fails. The cost of repairing or replacing a septic tank includes digging up your lawn.
Maintaining your septic system with regular maintenance is by far the most efficient and cost-effective way. It is necessary to pump and maintain septic systems on a regular basis. Septic systems will stop working as efficiently if they are not maintained. In addition to causing other plumbing issues, that lack of efficiency could cost money before a total failure occurs. In the long run, maintaining your septic system will save you a fortune.
Clean water and a healthy home are dependent on your septic system. Every day you produce wastewater, which it treats and disposes of safely. Pollutants and contaminants in wastewater can seriously harm your health. The septic tank removes these contaminants from your wastewater before discharging it into the drainfield. In the absence of regular maintenance, your septic system will lose its ability to reliably manage contaminants.
Contaminants could negatively affect you in several ways if you don’t have a septic tank that can manage them. Your drains could actually resurrect unprocessed sewage water if your septic tank fills with sludge. You can contract a wide variety of diseases if you come into direct contact with sewage. A faulty system could cause contaminants in sewage to seep into the surrounding groundwater if it is not properly processed. You, your neighbors, and the entire area are at risk of health problems caused by contaminated groundwater!
Repairing a septic system requires digging up your lawn, as we already mentioned. A faulty septic system can damage your lawn in other ways as well. When a septic tank malfunctions, one of the most common problems is a drainfield flood. A level drainfield system will distribute wastewater evenly throughout the drainfield if any component is not level. As a result, the drainfield could be “overloaded” by your septic system.
In overloaded drainfields, water is sent to parts of the drainfield in excess of the soil’s ability to handle it. Oversaturated soil can no longer “hold” all the wastewater. Consequently, your yard will flood as a result of the water bubbling over the soil surface. Due to this exact reason, wet spots on your lawn or overly green grass are early signs of a failing septic system. Eventually, septic malfunctions can cause more severe lawn issues than flooding, such as sinkholes.
The ground and water surrounding malfunctioning septic systems can be contaminated with untreated sewage. You are not the only one affected by this sewage. If bacteria and pollutants in sewage enter groundwater, they can pose risks to the entire community. Streams, rivers, lakes, and reservoirs receive groundwater from streams and rivers. In fact, contaminants that enter groundwater will often enter other water bodies as well. As a result of groundwater pollution, plants and wildlife are affected.
Drinking water can also be impacted by contaminated groundwater. Drinking water is often obtained from wells or local groundwater sources for people who use septic systems. Water sources such as these can quickly be contaminated by groundwater pollutants. Water reservoirs in cities may occasionally become contaminated by groundwater. There is no way to estimate the full impact of groundwater pollution on most ecosystems. People, plants, and animals are affected by pollutants. The news is bad.
To summarize: your septic system should be maintained as much as possible. Keeping it clean and in working order is in the best interests of your wallet, family, and community.
Maintaining your septic system is important and easy! You only need to call Bell Excavating if you live in the Stillwater area. Your septic system can be inspected, maintained, and repaired efficiently and quickly by our team. Maintain your septic system to stay safe while saving money.