According to a recent report, more than 21 million U.S. households rely on a septic tank system to trap their toilet waste. Affordable, reliable, and relatively easy to maintain, these units can last a lifetime. The reason many of them do not is that they aren't emptied as often as needed. Here at Drain Master LLC, we offer septic pumping, cleaning, and maintenance services to residents of Central New York.
Too much waste pushes a septic tank system to its breaking point. The tank must be pumped from time to time to relieve the internal pressure. The frequency of septic pumping depends on the size of your tank, the number of occupants in your home, and whether or not you use a garbage disposal. As a general rule of thumb, most owners are instructed to have their tanks pumped/cleaned every two to four years.
As you might expect, it is far cheaper to perform preventative maintenance on a system than it is to pay for replacement or repair. It is also true that pumping will not fix a neglected septic tank that has sustained serious damage. At that point, it may be necessary to have the entire system switched out. Not surprisingly, complete replacement can cost a pretty penny when equipment and labor costs are added up. As such, it is always a good idea to follow a regular maintenance schedule that includes routine septic pumping.
Between 10 and 30 percent of septic systems fail each year, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Environmental Control (DHEC). The most common signs of failure are sewage backups into the home and awful odors emanating from broken underground pipes. Homeowners must then make the decision to have the system repaired or replaced. Depending on the age of the unit and the extent of the damage, repairs can range from hundreds to several thousands of dollars. As mentioned earlier, regular maintenance can help homeowners avoid pricey problems and can extend the life of the average septic tank system.
If it's been several years since your last septic pumping, odds are your system is in need of immediate attention. The experts at Drain Masters LLC help you avoid the inconvenience and expense that often comes with septic tank replacement or repair. You can arrange a service visit at your convenience.