Septic system maintenance involves more than just pumping the system. There are a variety of tasks that go into inspecting and maintaining a septic system to ensure it operates efficiently for a long period of time.
So, what all is involved in septic system maintenance, and how frequently do you need to set up maintenance appointments? Here’s a quick overview of what you should know before tackling your septic maintenance in the summer in Prior Lake, MN.
Inspection and pumping
The average septic system should be inspected at least every three years by a professional, and the tank should be pumped at least every three to five years. However, some types of systems may need more frequent attention. Septic systems that have pumps, electrical float switches and other mechanical components should be inspected at least once a year, and in this case it’s also a good idea to develop an ongoing maintenance arrangement/service contract with a septic professional.
The factors that will influence the frequency with which you need to pump your system include the size of the household, the size of the tank, the total amount of wastewater generated and the total volume of the solids located in that wastewater.
What to expect out of a service appointment
When you call in a professional to service your septic system, their first step will be to carefully inspect every element of the system for leaks and to examine the layers of scum and sludge inside the tank.
The septic tank features an outlet that prevents the scum and sludge from getting out of the tank and flowing into the drain field. Inspectors will conduct measurements that will be indicative of the kind of service needed. If, for example, the bottom of the scum layer reaches within six inches of the bottom of that outlet, or the top of the sludge layer falls within 12 inches of it, it’s time for the tank to be pumped.
Your septic service professional will take notes about their measurements during their inspection, and you should hold on to those notes, as tracking the measurements will give you an idea of when you will need to pump the tank.
Aside from conducting the measurements needed to determine if tank pumping is necessary, your service provider will also take down notes about performance issues and any necessary repairs. Once they’ve made those repairs, they will note the date on which they were made and the parts that were replaced. They will also include notes on the general condition of the tank in the service report they provide you. If they recommend other repairs, you will want to schedule an appointment to get them completed as soon as possible.
Make sure you keep all maintenance records for your septic system, as they can be useful for insurance claims or home sales.
For more information about scheduling your septic tank for summertime maintenance in Prior Lake, MN and the frequency with which you should have your system serviced, contact Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services today.