A functioning septic or sewage system in your home is an essential part to owning and caring for your home. When the sewage backs up or is leaking out, it can cause thousands in damage and a great deal of stress and inconvenience. So when you are planning to install a septic system on your property, you want it to have the right installation process and you should make sure that you take good care of it. Here are some recommendations to make sure your future septic system is efficient and properly maintained.
Find the Proper Placement
One of the first concerns as a homeowner is to find the right placement for your system on your property. Your tank should be situated in an area that allows you to gain easy access to it in the event of a clog or when you need to pump it for maintenance. However, the tank also needs to be placed to allow for the effluent to drain off via the drain field lines. And you don't want the lines to be set below any pavement, structures, or large vegetation. The roots from trees and other large vegetation can clog and actually damage your septic drain field lines and your tank.
Place your drain field lines below the lawn or other shallow-rooted plants and away from any vegetable garden or natural waterway. The soil needs to be well-draining and not loamy so the water does not pool up on the site.
Keep in mind that if you need to do any maintenance work on your septic system, it will need to be accessible to an excavator or a septic truck. And also be sure that you always know where your septic tank access hatch is so you can have it maintained every few years.
Inspect and Clean
Once your septic system is installed and running, keep in mind that you need to have it maintained every few years, or as needed. As the tank fills with solid waste that doesn't break down, it will need to get pumped out by a septic professional. When they pump your tank waste out, they can also inspect the inside of the tank for any leaks and blockages, and they can also check the tank's overall condition and health.
If your septic system gets clogged or you notice a lot of standing water or lush vegetation on the drain field site, contact your septic professional for an immediate service. There is likely a blockage in the line, the tank is full, or there is potential damage in the system that needs to be repaired. Contact a company like LP Murray to learn more.