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June 18, 2019

The Ultimate Safety Checklist for Septic Tanks

There are several safety factors to consider if you are on a septic tank system. I septic tank system involves a holding tank where the fluid from the home is stored, and leach fields carry away the liquid waste. The solid waste stays in the holding tank and eventually will need to be pumped out. There four ultimate safety features you should know when it comes to your septic tank systems.

1. The location of the tank and lids

It is important to know where the septic tank is located in your yard. If you start to see standing water around the, this could be a sign of failure. You will want to call a service company to come out, pump, and inspect the tank.

Septic tanks have to access lids. The lids are buried underneath the ground, flagged, raised for easy identification. You will want to know where the lids are, so when the time comes for you to have the septic tank pumped, you can shovel out the lids or get easy access to them. A septic company will uncover the septic lids for you, but there is a charge for that. If you know where they are, you can uncover them, and it may save you some money.

2. The location of the leach field

Attached to the septic tank are pipes that run out into a leach field. The pipes are perforated, and the water drains out and percolates back into the soil. You want to know the location of a leach field. You do not want park, drive, or build over them. If you see standing water in the location of the fields or slow drains, it could be a sign of possible failure as reported by the CDC.

3. What you cannot put in a septic system

It’s important to be knowledgeable about what the septic tank can and cannot break down. Do not put any food particles or grease from cooking down the drain as noted by the Environmental Protection Agency. These products will hinder the septic tanks ability to function. Do not baby wipes, paper towels, or other paper products down the toilet or the drain. These items will not break down in the tank and will cause issues with the system.

4. The capacity of the tank

If you had your septic tank pumped or inspected before you bought your home or recently, ask the inspector to document how big the tank is. This will help you determine how often you need the system pumped. The homes bedroom count may determine the size of the tank because the bedrooms give an indication of how many people will be putting water down the system.

Septic systems are a great alternative for people who do not live near a traditional city sewer line. They are economical to run when treated properly. The method is safe and can often run worry-free for many years.