To start with, pumping the septic tank does not actually fix the problems. One thing that you should understand is that the septic system is not just the tank but there are other things and even if you will pump it after every three years that will not be enough. In this case, it will be essential that if your septic system has suffered any amount of neglect, you should have it inspected by professionals with a technical know-how on septic systems. One good thing with this is it will help to identify if there is any fault with the drain field and if your system is in good working condition.
Also, you should also understand that the lifespan of a septic tank varies averagely between 20-30 years. Also, you should know that if the septic system is properly maintained, it can last up to 50 years. While when you don’t maintain it, you will only use it for five years or less. This is always beneficial because for many years you will not have to be stressed by a septic system. Apart from that, when you buy a home with a septic tank, it is essential that you inquire about how long the septic has been there and how they have been conducting the maintenance practices. This is important as it will help you in determining the lifespan of a septic tank.
Not only that but you should also be aware that chemical additives can be unfavorable to your system. You find that most of the people always see chemicals as helpful, but the will diminish the level of bacteria in the tank. But it is always recommended that the level of bacteria be maintained to ensure proper breakdown of solid waste that comes into your septic tank. In this case, you should avoid them, or you use the ones that cannot affect the bacteria in one way or the other.
Another thing that you need to understand is that septic tanks have a natural operation level and should always be full to that level. In this case, it is recommended that you be educated by the septic tank contractor on the operation level of your septic tank. One good thing about this is that it will give you the knowledge to troubleshoot to determine when it needs to be pumped when drain field pipes are experiencing clogs or other issues.
Apart from that, homes with septic system should not have garbage disposal. It is always recommended that you should not put harsh chemicals, food solids or anything if not wastewater as this will make your tank to require frequent pumping.