WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE A HEALTHY SEWAGE SYSTEM?
Ultimately, maintaining your sewage system will save you money in the long run. In accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations, regular maintenance and repair work should be undertaken and may cost roughly around $800 annually, whereas replacing a damaged system can incur a one off cost up to $16,000.
WHAT ARE THE SIGNS THAT YOUR SYSTEM IS FAILING?
Look – check for pooling of wastewater or muddy ground surrounding your sewage system. Also, check for your sink and toilet backing up.
Smell – check for odors of sewage or a ‘rotten egg’ smell around your system or even in your basement or cellar.
HERE ARE SOME HOME REMEDIES!
Be water conscious – the volume of water your tank can hold will determine how often you need to empty it. If your tank holds less than 1000 gallons it will fill up faster and require servicing more regularly, therefore monitoring your water usage can greatly improve your systems working capacity.
Protect your tank – try not to put anything heavy on the ground over or around your tank or soak-away such as a shed, parked car, above ground pool or hot tub. This can compromise the effectiveness of the soak-away.
Only flush biodegradable products – ideally only toilet paper and waste water should be flushed down your toilet; try not to flush anything non-biodegradable or chemicals. Flushing solids down your toilet can clog the tank and soak-away and chemicals can kill bacteria that help break down solids.
Finally, Consult the Experts! – Septic Tanks and Cesspits offer a comprehensive maintenance & repair service, providing inspections and pump repairs in order to ensure your sewage system is running smoothly.