Septic Tank FAQs
What is a septic system?
A septic system is a sewage and wastewater treatment system that's common in rural and suburban areas with no access to sewage pipes. It's a self-contained system that has been around for over 100 years. And properly maintained is quite efficient and functional.
How does a septic tank work?
A septic system consists of two parts; a tank that the wastewater and sewage flows into, and a drainfield. After the wastewater and sewage are in the tank, they separate with solids falling to the bottom. These solids will decompose overtime and the liquids move through a filter into the drainfield. From there, the wastewater will be reabsorbed into the soil, which will detoxify it.
Should I avoid buying a house with a septic system?
Not necessarily. A house shouldn't be discounted because of a septic system as long as it has been properly maintained over the years. If the house uses a septic system, have it thoroughly inspected before purchasing it. Replacing an entire system is costly.
How do I maintain a septic tank?
The everyday maintenance of septic tank system is fairly simple. Stay away from flushing things like diapers and paper towels down the toilet and in the kitchen, things like coffee grounds and grease can be problematic if poured down the drain. If you suspect you have a clog or a septic issue, such as blocked toilets or drains, call a professional and have it serviced. Water conservation is also a good practice to maintain the function of a septic tank.
How often should it be serviced?
A properly designed septic tank should function properly for three to five years. Just to be on the safe side, however, you should have it inspected every year to check for problems such as blocks, leaks, or pipe erosion. Prevention is much easier to deal with than an already existing problem. Nix tank also has a specifically designed mix that can be flushed into your septic system to help maintain a healthy balance of bacteria in the system.
Should I hire a professional to inspect and clean it, or can I do it myself?
It is possible to do it yourself but we don't recommend it. The proper inspection and cleaning of a septic tank is accomplished much more efficiently and completely with a certified septic tank professional contractor.
Please contact us with any additional questions or service needs.