When you have a septic system, you should know that pumping the tank does not necessarily fix the problems. You find that it is always recommended that you have your septic tank pumped after three years but one thing that you need to understand that the septic system is not just a tank. Therefore, if your septic system has suffered any amount of damage you should have it by a professional who understands everything about the system. One good thing with this is it will help to identify if there is any fault with the drain field and if your system is in good working condition.
Also, you should also understand that the lifespan of a septic tank varies averagely between 20-30 years. But you should also know that if it is properly maintained, it can go up to 50 years. On the other hand, if neglected it can take less than five years. With that lifespan you will be better as you will not have to worry about a lot of things. Besides, in case you buy a home with the septic tank, you should ask about its age and how well it has been maintained. One good thing with this is that it will help you to determine the lifespan of the septic tank.
Not only that but you should also be aware that chemical additives can be unfavorable to your system. You find that most of the people always see chemicals as helpful, but the will diminish the level of bacteria in the tank. But it is always recommended that the level of bacteria be maintained to ensure proper breakdown of solid waste that comes into your septic tank. Therefore, you should avoid them or use the ones that cannot interfere with the bacteria in any way.
Besides, septic tanks have a natural operation level and should always be full to that level. Therefore, you should make sure that you get proper education on the operation level of your septic tank from the contractor. One good thing about this is that it will give you the knowledge to troubleshoot to determine when it needs to be pumped when drain field pipes are experiencing clogs or other issues.
In addition, you should also know that homes with septic systems should not have garbage disposal Therefore, you should not put food solid, harsh chemicals or anything that is not waste water as this will make you pump it frequently.