Six Septic Safety Tips That Everyone Should Know
Proper maintenance is an important part of caring for your septic system. There may be some issues that arise which you can tackle yourself or everyday steps that you can take to ensure your septic stays in good working order. Here’s what you need to know about caring for and maintaining your septic system and staying safe while doing it.
Always Have Someone Else Around
If you suspect an issue with your septic tank or your septic system is exposed because of repairs or maintenance, never go out to inspect it by yourself. Always take a friend or a family member with you to ensure that you stay safe and don’t get trapped in your septic tank, drain field, or the exposed septic area.
Get Your System Inspected/Pumped Regularly
Regularly scheduled maintenance can prevent larger issues from occurring and keep your septic system and drain field protected so that everyone in your home stays safe. Depending on use, your septic tank should be pumped every 1-3 years. At Septic Check, we do more than just pump — we also complete a full inspection to ensuring that everything is in top shape. We will help you understand how to continue to care for your septic for years to come.
Be Aware of Strange or Bad Odors
Have you started smelling an odor of rotten eggs, sewage, or feces? While odors coming from your septic tank aren’t unusual, if you start smelling them more often than not, there could be a larger problem. An overabundance of natural gases released by your septic tank can be highly flammable and needs to be addressed as soon as possible to avoid a more serious event, such as an explosion or fire.
Avoid Flames and Fire Near Your Septic Tank
As we mentioned, gasses that are formed during the natural breakdown process in your septic tank are extremely flammable. Keep this in mind before you light up the grill, fire pit, fireworks, etc. Choose places that are a safe distance away from your septic tank and drain field and if you smell sewage, avoid it altogether and call a professional.
Don’t Park Vehicles or Build Structures over your Drain Field
It is important to keep your drain field free from heavy items such as vehicles, buildings, building materials, etc. There is a strong possibility of these items sinking into the ground where your drain field is located and ruining your yard or the items themselves. If you’re not sure where your drain field is located, ask your septic professional the next time they come out for maintenance.
When in Doubt, Call the Septic Professionals
At the end of the day, it’s best to leave maintenance, repairs, and issues up to the professionals. If you have any questions or doubts about the functionality of your septic system, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our fun, caring professionals at Septic Check. We will make sure you, your family, your septic, and your home stay safe!