Get to Know Your Septic Tank
The septic tank is one appliance that many homeowners do not think about until it’s too late. If you have an older home, chances are you have a septic tank. In fact, 25 percent of homes in America use septic systems. These systems take special care and maintenance, if you don’t want to be unpleasantly surprised by them. Many times a plumber is called to fix a septic issue because the homeowner is unaware of the root cause of his leak or flood. Here are some things you need to understand about a septic system so you know whether to call your plumber or a septic company.
A septic system is a sewage disposal system that consists of an underground tank. Sewage is deposited in the tank and left to decompose via bacterial activity. It is drained in a variety of ways that depend on your city’s planning.
Septic tanks can cost homeowners a lot of money by being improperly maintained. If your tank isn’t draining properly and becomes full before it should, you could be dealing with a messy and extremely costly excavation and clean up. When you purchase a home with a septic tank it’s important to get to know the system before you take on this unique responsibility.
You must treat your septic system with care. No dumping grease down a drain, nor food or un-flushable products down any toilets. These factors will make it difficult for the pipes to drain and can cause the system to over load much sooner than designed.
By locating the septic tank’s “exterior clean out,” you can easily decide if the problem is fit for a plumber or a septic company. If your entire house is stopped up, investigate the clean out. A wet, flooded septic clean out is a job for a septic company, whereas a dry clean out will require a plumber. A dry septic clean out means that the stop is inside the house and your Cocoa Beach plumber will be able to take care of your problem in no time.