Septic Tank Pumping
Since 2015 the state of Ohio has required that all residents with a septic tank prove that their tank is under a maintenance program. This regulation can mean two things: #1 that you have a contracted septic service provider conduct consistent maintenance or #2 that you have been trained to perform the maintenance yourself. This proof can come in the form of a scheduled service maintenance contract, a ledger detailing maintenance or a class certificate of completion. According to the law, an inspector can arrive on your property at any given moment to inspect the function and health of your septic system.
Fecal matter and other detrimental human waste is being emptied into your tank hourly. Toxic, solid materials sink to the bottom and reusable water from showers, sinks, dishwashers and washing machines, more commonly known as grey matter exits the outlet and is dispersed via a distribution box into chambers or a perforated piping system to your leaching field. After about ten to twenty years fecal sludge can overwhelm your system and lead to malfunctioning. When your septic tank fails you may experience a sewage backup - not fun at all! A poorly operating system will also contribute toward the contamination of our drinking water, well water, groundwater and surrounding eco-systems; essentially there’s a lot at stake.
The Environmental Protection Agency recommends that your system is inspected every three years. That in combination with relatively new regulations governing Ohio septic tanks puts the onus completely on the owner. Avoid heavy fines and expensive repairs by regularly inspecting your entire system. How often you pump your tank depends on its size, capacity, location, temperature, the amount of indigestible solids, usage and system characteristics. It’s not a cut and dry situation. There are many variable to contend with. Most systems can go ten to twenty years between treatments. Our professional advice is to pay keen attention to signs of disrepair.
Symptoms Of A Failing System
The stench is probably the most obvious indication of a system in disrepair. The distinct and odorous smell of human waste is usually quickly followed by a sewage backup. You may experience a backup in your kitchen sink, dishwasher, bathtub, toilet, shower or dishwasher. Sometimes these backups happen outside. We serviced a client in an emergency situation where the sewage was spewing from behind a garden feature in the front yard and rapidly trailing down the sloped driveway and onto the road. More subtle symptoms include a slight gurgling sound within your indoor plumbing system and slow drainage of your home appliances and fixtures.
How To Maintain Your System
Your septic tank system is hearty yet delicate. You should not deposit paper towels, food, cigarette butts, grease, pills, household cleaners, bacterial soaps, drain line openers, cigarette butts, paint thinners, insecticides and solvents down your toilets, sinks and bathtubs. The solid items will not decompose fast enough, can render your system ineffective and cause a backup. The smaller solid items will get caught within the components easily. Harsh chemicals will destroy your plumbing and septic system over time. Included within our pumping service is a careful removal and replacement of sod and other gardening materials. We want to return your property back to the state originally intended.