3 Things New Septic Tank Owners Must Know

2 September 2018
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Have you recently purchased a home with a septic tank? Are you worried about harming the tank and causing damage to the system accidentally? The good news is that having a septic tank is, in many ways, just like having a hookup to a city sewer system. There are a few differences, but they're typically minor enough that you won't really notice. But there are definitely a few things that you need to know about, some of which include the following. 

1. Monthly payments vs. one-time payments: When you're hooked up to a city sewer system, you'll pay the city a monthly fee to have them process your waste. This is usually on your water bill as a "sewage fee" or something similar. In contrast, you won't have a monthly fee when you have a septic tank. But you will have to pay a fee every couple of years for septic tank pumping. This process removes all of the sewage solids from your tank, resetting it and allowing you to continue using it. The fee for a septic tank pumping can seem high at first glance but, when you add up how much you would have paid in sewage fees over the same time period, the cost is usually roughly the same.

2. Bad smells: Septic tanks sometimes have a reputation for being smelly and unbearable to use. Although it's true that you can sometimes smell a septic tank on a very warm summer day if you're standing directly above it, this is not something that you should be able to smell all the time. If you can smell your septic tank at night or from inside your home, there's a good chance that you are overdue for a septic tank pumping. Continuing to put this off will only make the smell get worse and may damage the functioning of your tank, potentially resulting in needing to completely replace the tank instead of simply cleaning it out.

3. Tank additives: Your septic company may try to sell you an additive to flush down your drains on a monthly basis. While this can initially seem like just another way for the company to make money off of you, using this additive or something similar is actually extremely helpful for the life of your septic tank. When used as directed, the enzymes and beneficial bacteria will help to more completely break down the sewage solids within your tank. This means that you should be able to go for longer periods between septic tank pumping sessions. 

For more information, contact a company like Dixon Septic & Sewer.