Proper septic tank repair allows the system working well, preventing expensive new installation. All too often, contractors receive calls from homeowners who never pumped their septic tank. Sadly, the damage was already done before they called. Then they’re asking what happened to their septic tank system. When you’re dealing with home backup from a failed septic system, there’s no easy fix.
The use of Roto-Rooter or hydro-jet washing of drain field rows provides temporary relief. But once the sludge clogs the drain field, the only possible solution is installing a new device. Septic tank pumping is a must. It is the key to your septic system’s long life.
What is a Septic Tank?
The septic tank aims to separate wastewater from solid waste and allow only wastewater to enter the soil absorption field. Heavier solid waste settles down and becomes sludge. The lighter waste rises and becomes scum. The sewage is extracted from these two surfaces.
Such surfaces thicken overtime before they fall together. Sludge and scum exit the tank and join the soil absorption area, allowing the ground and drain field to clog. This is usually a slow operation, so you won’t know before your drain field clogs to the point of failure and starts to back up. Usually, after this point, septic tank cleaning doesn’t solve the problem and a new system may have to be installed.
Septic Tank Safety Guidelines
To ensure that the septic tank is well-maintained, you must hire the professionals for the job. When they do come in your home to provide septic tank service, here are some guidelines that you must follow to ensure that everyone is safe and sound throughout the project.
- Let the professionals do the job.
Do not join the professionals in the tank unless you’re specifically trained for the job and are wearing special safety gear, including a breathing apparatus. If a person fell into the septic tank, do not retrieve that person unless you are wearing safety gear. Call for emergency assistance instead and put several fans on the septic tank’s opening to increase the supply of fresh air.
- Do not work alone near septic tanks.
Even if you’re not going inside the septic tank, it’s strongly suggested that you don’t work alone near it. This is a safety precaution in case the dangerous gasses escaped, and you inhaled them. These gasses produced are by the tank’s contents. You might fall into the tank unconscious and nobody will know.
- Healthy and safety first.
If operating near septic systems, cover all your open wounds first. Wash properly after working on it. Septic systems may contain severe bacterial and viral hazards. Call for medical help to keep you safe.
- Don’t put heavy machinery on top of septic tanks.
Heavy machinery placed over the septic tank will compact the ground, not to mention apply a lot of stress to it. Repairing damaged structures and broken pipes is costly. Try to keep the use of heavy machines far enough from the tank.