If you’ve never had a septic system before, you might be worried about purchasing a home with one. However, septic systems don’t have to be stressful; they simply require some knowledge about how the system works and what proper maintenance entails. We’ve compiled all of the necessary information you should know before purchasing a home with a septic system. Read below to learn more!
How it Works
If you’re going to own a home with a septic system, you’ll want to know how it works. Waste and water flushed down toilets and drains will travel through your plumbing into the septic tank. Your tank will collect the solids and release the liquids into the drain field, where the water is treated. Once the water has been properly filtered, it will be released into the ground as clean groundwater. Your septic tank will be pumped out periodically to clear out the solids.
What Can You Flush?
There are many items that a septic tank cannot handle. In general, you should not flush anything down your toilet or drains other than human waste, toilet paper, and water. When you flush other items such as tampons, wipes, and grease, you risk clogging your pipes or damaging your septic tank. Click here for a list of things you can and can’t flush. In order to avoid any damage to your septic system, you should be aware of what you can and can’t flush.
Pumping Your Tank
As you may or may not know, one of the most important aspects of septic system maintenance is pumping your tank. The frequency at which you pump your tank varies based on your home’s wastewater production. Other factors including the number of occupant, the amount and type of appliances that use water, and the size of your septic tank will also impact the necessary pumping frequency. However, in general, septic tanks should be pumped every 3-5 years.
Your Drain Field
Your septic tank is the part of your system that requires the most obvious maintenance. However, there are a few things to remember in regards to drain field maintenance. You should not place anything on top of your drain field that will compact the soil, as it will interfere with water filtration. You should also take measures to divert rainwater away from your drain field to avoid flooding during heavy rain. A flooded drain field will also affect proper drainage and water filtration.
Septic Systems and Drinking Water
Many people think that there’s a relationship between their septic system and drinking water. However, septic systems only deal with wastewater. Homes have septic systems when there is no public sewer system, which does not relate to drinking water. Often times, homes with septic systems also have wells to pump drinking water into the house. In some cases, there is a city water line that will provide drinking water. In either case, your septic system will not impact your drinking water positively or negatively.
Septic System Inspections
The most important thing to know before buying a home with a septic system is that you should have the system inspected prior to your purchase. Septic systems have a lifespan of 20 years, so you’ll want to know how old the system is to make sure it will not need to be replaced soon. You should also make sure that the whole system is in working order and is not in need of repair. It’s important to inspect the system before you buy the home to avoid any costly repairs once you move in. If any repairs are necessary, the current homeowner should pay for them before you move in.
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A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, basement waterproofing, drains, and more.
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