If you utilize a septic tank for your home or business, then you know how important it is to keep it up and running on a day to day basis. Your septic tank ensures that your sewage has a place to safely collect and be processed before going elsewhere near your home. An improperly working septic tank can cause toxic chemical runoff, disgusting odors, flooded yards, and well water contamination.
For this reason, it is critical that you have your septic system routinely inspected, cleaned, and maintained by a professional. We'd be happy to help!
There are a few clear signs to look out for to see if your septic tank has malfunctioned.
1. A soft spot of earth in the yard
2. Foul odors coming from the area near the leech field
3. Well water that is contaminated
In order to avoid septic tank malfunctions, you must be careful when using the disposal or flushing waste down the drain. If you flush too much food waste into your septic tank, it can change the chemical makeup of your tank and cause unhealthy buildup. Household chemicals can also upset the balance of bacteria in the tank that are used to treat (and essentially digest) human waste. If you suspect a problem with your septic tank, call our Hollywood plumbers immediately to schedule an emergency inspection.
A typical septic tank should be inspected every three years, and should be pumped and thoroughly cleaned every 3-5 years depending on your usage and the type of tank (some need yearly maintenance). A tank that is used for a business might need more frequent maintenance. Additionally, we recommend that you don't plant trees or shrubs near the septic tank, as they can cause damage to the tank itself.
The septic leach field (the area where the septic tank drains to) should simply be covered with grass and mowed accordingly – do not place heavy structures or other foliage in the drain field.