Home septic systems are incredibly rugged and durable. They’re built to last for decades, provided that you have them properly maintained. The twin pillars of good septic system maintenance are these:
1) Have your system inspected from end to end every 3-5 years so we can spot problems while they’re still in their formative stages and make any incremental repairs that might be needed, and
2) Take advantage of our Clifton VA septic tank pumping service every 3-5 years.
In practice, many of the customers we serve wind up asking us to perform both of those services at the same time since ideally, they happen at the same frequency. This then, bring up an important question: Do you know when you last had your system inspected and took advantage of our Clifton VA septic tank pumping service?
If you haven’t been good about keeping records, you may not. If you recently purchased your home, the former owner may not have left records on the subject for you so again, it may be the case that you simply have no way of knowing. In that case, the safest course of action is to assume that it’s time, or perhaps even past time, and call us to schedule service right away.
It’s also important to remember that the 3-5 year timeframe mentioned above is just a general guideline. Every household is different and you may require more or less frequent pump outs depending on a number of factors including, but not limited to:
- How many people you have living in your home
- How often you have overnight guests staying with you
- How much water you have running through your system
- And how good or bad your septic tank habits are
The first two questions are easy enough to understand. More people means that your system is seeing more use, which means more waste flowing into the tank. Too much water, from constantly running toilets or dripping faucets stresses your system and makes it work harder. The last item though, causes some people to raise a curious eyebrow.
If you’ve never lived in a home with a septic system, it may surprise you to know that septic tank habits are real and they can dramatically impact the frequency with which you need to make use of our Clifton VA septic tank pumping service.
Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of materials you can introduce to your tank: Biodegradable and Non-biodegradable. Biodegradable materials are no problem. Your tank is designed to handle those. The more non-biodegradable materials you introduce though, the faster your tank will fill up, and the more often you’ll need to call on us. This then, requires greater mindfulness on your part, but don’t worry; when you need us, help is always just a phone call away.