Since your septic system is buried beneath the ground, it’s easy to forget about it. After all, if it’s out of sight, it’s also out of mind, right? Unfortunately, that sort of mentality can really cost you in the long run. What’s happening below your lawn today could be an expensive headache tomorrow, so make sure that you don’t neglect routine maintenance of your septic system.
When was the last time that you had your septic system serviced? If you’re not sure, you should call HEP today at 865-234-0501!
Call HEP today at 865-234-0501 to schedule your septic system repair or replacement!
Routine Septic Service Repairs
- Your septic tank should be pumped about every two or three years, depending on the size of your tank and the number of people in your family.
Septic systems are very popular in rural and suburban areas, so if you’ve just moved into a new home that is located in a rural or suburban area, you should have your septic system inspected to ensure that the previous owners have properly maintained the home’s septic system.
How Does A Properly Functioning Septic System Work?
If you’ve never had a problem with your septic system, you may not know exactly how your septic system functions. It’s a relatively complicated process, but HEP’s here to help.
Every time you flush a toilet, take a shower, run your dishwasher, wash clothes, or even wash your hands, wastewater travels down your home’s drains and meets at a single pipe that runs from your home to your septic tank. The wastewater coming from your home contains solids, organic matter, nutrients, as well as microorganisms that can cause disease, and it’s your septic tank’s job to begin the process of removing these things from your wastewater.
Once waste water leaves your home through your main line, it enters your septic tank, the first stage of your septic system. Inside your septic tank, as wastewater enters from one end, the same amount of water exits from the other end, maintaining a constant volume of water. This process flushes water from your tank and stops solids from escaping.
When the water leaves the septic tank, it passes through a filter and into an outlet that passes through to the plastic drain-field. From the drain-field, water is absorbed by the soil, naturally purifying the water and putting it back into the water cycle.
To ensure that your septic system continues to work properly, you should have a professional come out to your home and pump out your septic tank every two years.
What Can Happen If My Septic System Is Not Properly Maintained?
If your septic system is not properly maintained, solids could leak into your drain-field and cause your wastewater to backup. A situation like this could cost you thousands of dollars to repair, so make sure that you’re taking the proper steps to ensure that your septic system is functioning efficiently. Proper maintenance is key to extending the lifespan of your septic system; a properly maintained septic system has the potential to last from 20 to 30 years, but it is not unheard of for a septic system to last for as many as 50 years.
Call HEP today!
If you have any questions or concerns about your septic system, call HEP today at 865-234-0501! We can answer any questions or schedule an appointment for one of our experienced technicians to come out to your home and inspect your septic system.