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Hey there, my name is Russell Tyson. I am going to use this site to educate my readers about services offered by plumbing professionals. When I first started my company, I was unaware of all the necessary plumbing procedures needed to keep the toilets from backing up. My clients often failed to notify me when a toilet started to fail, likely due to embarrassment or a lack of time. Luckily, I was clued into the value of hiring plumbers to perform regular maintenance and repairs on the toilets to keep them in fine shape. I hope to detail those services on this site to inspire others to embrace preventative plumbing procedures.


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4 Facts to Know About Cleaning Your New Septic Tank

by Charlie Clarke

Many people have septic tanks, but if you are used to city sewage and water, you may not know what to expect when you own a septic tank. If you've recently moved to a new home with a septic tank, you need to ensure you follow routine maintenance, and one step of maintenance is getting the septic tank professionally cleaned. Check out these three facts you should know about cleaning your septic tank.

It Should Be Performed Regularly

Every part of your home needs routine cleanings and maintenance, and a septic tank is no different. Instead of waiting for something to go wrong with the tank, schedule regular cleanings before the tank is full. How often you should have your septic tank cleaned, however, depends on many factors such as the size of your tank and your family's personal needs.

Once you've used the septic tank for a while, you'll be able to determine when it should be cleaned by judging how full the tank is during the first cleaning. For example, if the tank is only half full, you don't need to clean it as often, but if it is almost overflowing, you'll need more frequently cleanings. If you've just moved, check the previous home owner's records to see how often they cleaned it.

It Saves Your Money in the Long Run

On average, you can expect to pay about $376 for a septic tank cleaning. While spending hundreds of dollars on something as boring as cleaning your tank doesn't sound fun, it is worth the money. The alternative is more expensive. For starters, if you fail to clean your tank often, you increase the risk of an overflow, which will cost money to correct.

Also, allowing your tank to constantly hold too much waste puts unnecessary wear and tear on it, which causes it to break down faster. You'll waste more money on repairs and frequently replacements. Lastly, taking good care of your septic tank and keeping it cleaned can help keep the value of your home high. Homeowners are less inclined to buy a home with a poorly maintained septic tank because they know the cost will fall on them if they purchase your home.

It Prevents Damage to Your Yard

If the septic tank does overflow, it has to go somewhere, so it goes into your yard. In some cases, you can tell the tank has overflown because you'll see puddles of contaminated, smelly water above the septic tank. If this is the case, you'll need to call someone immediately to have the entire system cleaned, repaired if necessary and your yard repaired.

In other cases, there may be no standing water. However, there are still signs for which to look. Even if there is no visible water, there should still be an odor coming from the area. Also, because the waste fertilizes plants, the grass above the tank is typically lush and green if there is a leak or spill.

It Helps Prevent Well-Water Contamination  

Another problem with your tank overflowing is that it can contaminate water. If you have well water, the sewage from the tank could reach the well and penetrate the walls. This may be occurring below ground, where you cannot see the contaminated water. Look for unpleasant odors and colors.

Even if you don't have a well, the sewage could affect groundwater or other water sources. If this occurs, you may even get other people in the community sick, especially if others use the ground water or body of water for drinking water or fun.

Many people prefer owning a septic tank, but you have a responsibility to keep it clean. Failing to do so could cost you a lot of money and even make you sick. If you would like more information regarding septic tanks, contact a plumber in your area today.