How Can You Maintain A Septic Tank When You Can't See It?

You will find many bits of advice on how to maintain septic tanks that are above ground. But some properties come with a below-ground septic tank. These are no longer preferred because of the extra steps it takes to maintain them. However, that doesn't mean it's impossible to look after a tank that's buried underground.

Install a Septic Tank Riser

If you don't already have a septic tank riser, that will be your first place to start. A riser provides visibility for your tank so that you can do some of the same maintenance steps on the tank that an above ground tank owner would. For example, risers let you buy a probe to test the sludge levels in the tank. This is an important step because, once you are able to check how many solids are actually in the tank, you won't have to rely completely on a septic tank service to tell you when it's time to empty the tank.

Learn the Signs of a Faulty Tank

Some things about a septic tank you can tell without even seeing it completely. The septic tank sludge levels mentioned above are one measure that you should get comfortable taking yourself. But it's a good idea as well to learn what the area around a healthy septic tank looks like. If you start to notice discolorations or even bulging in the ground around the tank, that's a sign that something is wrong. Smells are another sign of trouble. With either one, call your septic tank team out for a check up.

Maintain Your Plumbing

A separate key to good septic tank health is plumbing. The plumbing maintenance team you hire should be comfortable working with pipes that are hooked up to a septic tank, since there is a higher level of sensitivity involved with this type of plumbing.

Things you can do at home to maintain your plumbing include using drain cleaner to remove solids from the drain, avoiding solid inorganic products in your sinks and toilets, and using appliances that have high standards of water efficiency. Things your plumber contractors can do to help you out include checking on the condition of plumbing fixtures on a regular basis, checking your water meter readings to spot leaks, and testing drains and plumbing appliances to see how quickly they work. Slow and stopped up fixtures sometimes point to an urgent septic tank backup issue.

For more information, contact a company like Reeves Plumbing & Heating.