Septic tanks are large chambers made of fiberglass, metal, plastic or precast concrete that are located beneath a household. Their core function is to collect solid waste, decompose it using bacterial activity, then drain it through soak away means. The following are a couple of reasons why septic tanks should be diligently cleaned on a regular basis:
- To get your tank pumped every 2-3 years, the cost and effort required are very minimal. Maintaining your septic tank can prevent extremely expensive expenditures ranging from $3,000.00 – $10,000.00. This may go even higher, especially when a replacement of the leaching system needs to be done.
- Overall hygiene. When wastewater is treated inadequately, it could pose considerable human health risks by contaminating wells, surface water, and groundwater sources. You wouldn’t want to put your family/community’s life at risk; would you? As a homeowner, it is your job to understand the inner workings of your system and do what must be done to maintain it.
- Decline in property value. A poorly maintained septic tank results in a gradual decline in your property’s value. If ever you decide to put your property up for sale, it is crucial for you to ensure that your septic tank is working as it should at all times.
On average, it’s advisable to clean septic tanks within the first two to three years of their use. Anything after that will lead to overflow of solid waste from the tank and could be detrimental, not only to you but to everyone around you.