Important Things You Should Know About Your Septic System
According to the United States EPA, almost 25% of American residential properties use septic systems to disperse sewage and grey water, which means that almost four billion gallons of wastewater is dispersed beneath the ground soil per day.
That’s a lot of water, and if not properly cared for, your septic system can become part of a larger pollution problem in your area, contaminating streams, irrigation, and even drinking water.
The most important thing you need to know about your septic system, therefore, is that it is essential to inspect and maintain your septic system regularly to prevent problematic ecological
impacts or more expensive repairs.
Unlike a traditional city sewer system, septic systems are the property owner’s responsibility to maintain, rather than the municipality’s. If and when you go to sell your property, you’ll need to show maintenance records for your septic system, as well as pay for an inspection of the system.
This means that it’s wise to keep up with septic tank maintenance and inspections, as this will save you both time, money and hassle when the time comes to sell your home or business.
Also, while most municipal sewer systems can accept almost unlimited water use, septic systems perform much better with low-flow toilets, faucets, and other appliances, and should be given “rest” periods, ideally every night for best performance. This means that delaying dishwasher runs or other household tasks until overnight might not be the best choice if you run your household on a traditional septic system. It might also be a good idea to replace older toilets and showerheads with updated, low-flow varieties.
With proper maintenance and septic inspections, septic systems are an eco-friendly, affordable option for many properties. We can make sure that your septic system stays up to your local codes, meets EPA standards and functions properly for as long as you own your home or business. Call us today with any questions about your septic system, we’re always happy to help.