Why should a septic tank be cleaned?
A septic tank holds all of the solids that have been broken down. These solids will build up in the tank, causing many costly problems. If the septic tank is not pumped and cleaned regularly, solids will eventually pass into the absorption field. Solids will plug up the stone and soil in the absorption field, leading to premature septic failure. An overabundance of solids can also cause a sewage back-up into the house.
How often should my septic tank be cleaned?
It is recommended that the septic tank should be pumped and cleaned every two years. Usage in some households is greater, requiring more frequent pumping. Houses with garbage disposals often get pumped every year. It is very important that this maintenance is not neglected.
What size is my septic tank?
It is required by the State of Connecticut that the minimum capacity of a septic tank is 1,000 gallons. Most houses are anywhere from 1,000-1,500 gallons. Some older houses could have home-made septic tanks, which may be undersized by today’s standards. The Town Hall may have records of the septic system. If not, the tank can be measured.
What can cause a septic system to fail
One of the most common causes of septic system failure is lack of maintenance. Not having your septic tank cleaned on a regular basis will greatly reduce the life of your system. Improper use may also cause a septic system to fail. There are also, unfortunately, some cases of an improper septic system design and installation.
Should I use additives and chemicals to prolong the life of my tank
No. Most additives or chemicals do little to benefit your septic tank system. In fact, they can often be a hindrance to optimal performance. Regular maintenance is the best way to get the most out of your system.
Do we need to leave our home when the septic is getting installed?
The answer is no. Our installation process allows the homeowners to use water as they normally would. Our fast changeover from old to new system allows for full use of toilets, sinks, showers, etc during the installation process.