Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Systems

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For many of us in these rural areas of Colorado, a municipal sewer system isn’t an option. Fortunately, septic tanks offer a long-term, effective, and safe way to manage wastewater. When cared for well, it can even be the more economical and low maintenance choice. At NoCo Septic, we want you to get the most out of your septic system, which is why we’re providing you with today’s guide. Our experts will be sharing how your septic system works, the importance of maintenance, how to avoid failure, and more!

How do septic systems work?

Septic systems may seem simple: wastewater exits your home, enters a tank, and goes into the drainfield. But, there’s a lot more going on below the surface. Natural and technological processes are working hard to make sure wastewater can safely enter the soil. So what goes on inside the tank? Well, the solids will settle at the bottom while oil and grease rise to the top. The rest of the tank is filled with watery waste, also known as effluent, where it’s treated by bacteria (the right kind) until it flows out to the drain field. The different types of bacteria living inside your tank make up a unique ecosystem that cleans the wastewater and ensures that it doesn’t contaminate surrounding land or water sources.

Hopefully, you have a better understanding of how septic systems treat wastewater. But what happens to the scum that’s still in the tank? That is where pumping comes in. To prevent buildup and failure to your system, it must be inspected and pumped regularly.

Importance of septic tank maintenance

Unfortunately, your septic system isn’t something you can just have installed and then forget about until you move out. They require maintenance or they can fail. Here are a couple more reasons why you should have it regularly inspected:

Save money

Preventative measures can help reduce the chance of costly repairs. Replacing a failing septic system is expensive and timely, and inadequate maintenance is to blame. On top of that, an unusable system can lower your property’s value and make it difficult for you to live comfortably.

Protect the environment

Improper care for your wastewater can contaminate the drinking wells and poses a threat to the health of those around you. They can also get into bodies of water and harm animals and swimmers with infectious diseases.

How do I maintain my septic system?

We mentioned it briefly above, but pumping is KEY! We recommend getting your tank pumped every 3 to 5 years, but there are varying factors that affect the frequency. Consider the number of people in your household, the amount of wastewater generated, and the size of your tank. While this relies on hiring a professional, you can also maintain your system by following these simple steps:

  • Be conservative with your water use. Hydraulic overloading can lead to wastewater backing up in your drains or surfacing to the ground. You can install water-saving toilets, showerheads, and faucets. We also recommend spacing out the use of appliances such as your dishwasher, washing machine, and showers.

  • Be careful with what you put down your drains. When it comes to your toilet, the golden rule is that only toilet paper and waste should be flushed.

  • Take care of your drainfield. Avoid putting any stress on your system by parking or driving on your septic tank.

Septic system failure symptoms

By equipping yourself with the tips we have mentioned, you lower your risk for failure. However, it can still occur by no fault of your own. It’s typically due to poor installation or unsuitable soil. When a system is failing, the signs are apparent. If you begin to notice mud around your system, frequent backups, or the smell of sewage, then you’ll want to call in a professional.

Contact NoCo Septic

You can rely on NoCo Septic to handle any inspections, repairs, and pumping. We will ensure your septic system is taken care of with the latest equipment and technology to keep your family, your pets, and your property safe. You can always trust us to deliver clean, prompt, and professional septic system services. If you would like more information on our services, call (720) 513-5037 or contact us online!