- Replacement septic tank installation could cost thousands of dollars.
- Home buyers and sellers should identify and correct septic tank
problems to resolve questions regarding liability and avoid delay
- Abandoned septic tanks and distribution boxs should be located to insure they have been properly drained to avoid environmental health risk.
Typical system layouts
Septic System Maintenance
Periodic maintenance is the key to extending the life of your septic
system and preventing costly repairs. When the combined depth of sludge
and scum layers equal one-third of the septic tank capacity, the tank
should be pumped. The accumulated sludge and scum from the septic tanks
should be pumped a minimum of every three years, or more frequently
if your household consists of four people or more.
A general rule
for locating your septic tank is to probe with a shale bar or steel
rod 10-15 feet from where the main sewer line exits the foundation
of the dwelling. Patience and determination will help you locate
the outer edges of the tank. Once located, dig a hole toward the
center to expose the main cover only, usually 24" in diameter.