Septic maintenance is one of those things a lot of homeowners like to put off but the reality is this: a tank on your properly is your responsibility. It’s not the most pleasant topic that comes to mind, and it’s easy to forget about, tucked below ground and out of sight. A working tank shouldn’t need to be a daily concern after all. But that doesn’t mean you should ignore your septic system for years. Over time, small leaks or clogs can cause serious issues if left unaddressed. For these reasons, it’s a good idea to mark your calendar every six months or so for a routine spot check of your system’s performance. Take fifteen minutes out of your day NOW to save yourself hours of headache later. Let’s explore some easy ways to check the health of your septic system.
Every savvy homebuyer knows the importance of getting a septic inspection before purchasing a new home to identify any hidden problems and avoid costly repairs down the line. However, most septic system professionals actually recommend having your septic tank inspected every three to five years. Some homes may even need to have their septic tanks inspected more frequently depending on a number of different factors.
When your septic tank is functioning properly, it should not make any noise. The one exception to this rule is a tank with an air pump, which makes a faint humming noise. However, if you do not have an aerobic septic system, or you have one but are hearing noises other than this faint humming noise, it’s the sign of a problem. Noises coming from your pipes could be a plumbing issue, but if you’re hearing running water, trickling, or gurgling noises coming from your septic tank, you have an issue with the tank itself. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top causes of these noises to help you fix the problem.