Some Questions You Might Have About Your Home Septic System

A home septic system is common on properties that are not connected to the city sewer system. They provide a self-contained sewer system that lasts for years, but they do need servicing and maintenance. If you have a septic system on your property, you would do well to contact a company that removes liquid waste and discuss how to maintain your home's septic system or what to do if it should need repairs. Note a few questions you might discuss with a service provider so you know your septic tank and lines are always in good repair.

1. What if a septic line is cut or damaged, such as from a lawnmower?

One thing to consider is that you don't want to use some type of homemade fix on the pipe such as duct tape or electrical tape and assume the pipe is repaired. The pressure of water flowing through the pipes can easily tear apart these types of simple fixes, and you could then easily have a backup of the septic tank on your property. If you notice that a septic line has been cut or damaged, you might contain any spills or runoff with tape or some type of thick wrap, but call for repairs right away and before using the plumbing in your home.

2. Ask what causes excessive or regular backups

A septic tank may back up on occasion because of not having it emptied as you should or putting something in the lines that doesn't belong there; tree roots may also wrap around pipes and cause damage and backups. However, regular backups should not happen with a septic tank, so it's good to ask why your tank may always seem to be overflowing. You could be putting too much grease in the system and, in turn, this clings to the pipes. There may be residual solids in the tank that you never had removed so that the tank overflows. Don't assume that regular backups are just part of having a septic system on your property, but talk to a service provider about how to address this problem.

3. Ask if there are regulations for getting your tank serviced

A septic system service provider will usually know the local regulations for getting your tank serviced; you may be required to do this annually or every few years, depending on city or county codes. Rather than trying to call the city clerk's office and find out requirements, ask a service provider, as they may be very familiar with what is required in your area.

For more information, contact local liquid waste removal services