Understanding the Health Risks of Septic System LeaksUnderstanding the Health Risks of Septic System Leaks

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Understanding the Health Risks of Septic System Leaks

Hi, my name is Molly, and a few years ago, we had a leak in our septic system. We didn't realise it immediately, and as a result, my son came into contact with toxins. Ultimately, he was okay, but it was a scary experience that involved hospitalisation. I don't want anyone else to go through something like that, so I have made it my mission to educate people on the health risks of septic system leaks. This blog is going to have posts on septic leaks, finding them, maintaining your system, figuring out when to call for help and more. If you have concerns, please get comfortable and start exploring.



How Often Should You Pump Out Your Septic Tank?

A septic tank is an essential part of residential sewage systems. The tank is normally constructed from plastic or concrete and collects wastewater and sewage from the house. Wastewater systems are installed in areas where the municipal sewer line aren't availed meaning they often serve rural homes that were constructed before the laying of the city's sewer line in the area.

Since septic tanks hold a significant amount of sewage, homeowners often always find themselves wondering how often the tanks should be emptied. The frequency varies.

When should you empty your septic tank?

Generally, a septic tank should be emptied once after three or five years. But, homeowners should know that the actual frequency varies depending on usage and the number of people who live in your residence. For instance, if you have a large household, you may need to pump out your septic tank frequently while a person who lives alone may go up to ten years without requiring the service.

If you want to avoid potential health hazard and expensive repairs, consider examining and noting the septic tank pump intervals. This will help you create a pumping schedule you can rely on in the future. Start by asking yourself how long you waited before you empty the system and if you had to deal with overflow problems. Talking to neighbours who have similar-sized families can also assist you to know roughly how often your septic tank should be pumped out.

Reasons for emptying your septic tank

One of the key reasons why your septic tank must be emptied frequently is overload. Even if you haven't yet experienced major problems with your septic tank, you shouldn't neglect it. Make sure you maintain it properly.

Emptying your septic tank is crucial due to the main purpose of the tank. By design, the heavy substances that get to your water system usually settle at the bottom and start forming a sludge layer. When the sludge builds up to a high level than the recommended one, you'll realise more solid substances are making their way into your soil absorption system, also known as the lateral field. If the lateral field pipes get clogged, it will be impossible for liquids to follow through the pipes to get absorbed into the surrounding soils. In no time, you will realise unsanitary water has started making its way into the surface since your septic system is overloaded.

Consider contacting professionals for a regular septic tank pump out to avoid health problems that are linked with such unsanitary water.