If you have a septic tank , then you know bad things can happen if it doesn’t get cared for properly. The EPA recommends that you have your septic system professionally inspected at least every three years. You may also need to get your tank pumped. The frequency depends on your household size and how much waste you produce. Pumping needs can range from every year to every five years. It can also be influenced by climate – the further north you are, the more often your tank needs to be pumped.
You should get your tank inspected and any preventive maintenance done in the fall. The last thing you want to experience in the middle of the winter when your tank is buried under 2-3 feet of snow and the ground is frozen is a septic tank emergency. By having you septic inspected in the fall, you reduce the risk of winter septic disasters.
A professional should do the septic tank inspection. What you should do yourself is keep an eye (or nose) on your tank. Water backups and any kind of odor are an indication something is going on with your septic tank. A professional will do a full inspection, including going into the septic tank to do an internal inspection.
The inspector will check your tank for leaks, make sure it is not waterlogged, and check the condition of the tank after it has been pumped. A full professional septic inspection is necessary to make sure your septic tank is functioning at full capacity.
Contact Morse Engineering and Construction for more information about how we can help you avoid winter septic disasters and extend the life of your septic system.