If you purchased a new home and there is a sewer, it is important that you get the sewer inspected on a yearly basis or more. This will prevent sewer problems that you do not want to happen. Here are two inspection tips that will help you keep your sewer from becoming a smelly mess.
Pump the Tank
Over time the tank will become full and will need to be pumped. If this is not done the sewer tank will overflow. Inside the tank there are three levels: the solids, which are at the bottom; the liquid, which is in the middle; and the sludge, which is the top layer. As you flush a toilet or use any type of water in your home it goes to one of these three layers, depending on if the water is clear or not.
To pump the tank, you need to hire a sewer tank pump company. They have the equipment needed to fully pump the tank. Once it is pumped, the sewer pump company will proceed to clean your tank for you. They will clean the sides and the bottom. The sewer company will also make sure bacteria is left in the tank. This may sound counterintuitive, but bacteria are needed to kill germs that enter the tank.
Check the Drainfield
The drainfield is the area of ground that is right above your sewer tank. You should never see water or any kind of mud in this area. If you do see any type of water, then you are having a problem with your sewer tank. This is because this is sewer water that is leaking out of the tank and onto the drainfield. If you walk close to the drainfield you will smell a sewage smell.
This could be due to you not having your tank pumped enough. It could also mean that there is a break in the sewer lines. If the sewer lines are old, they could be worn down and have cracked. If there are trees near the sewer tank, the roots from these trees may have infiltrated the tank and caused the water lines to break. A contractor can determine where the sewer water is coming from and then repair the problem for you. If the problem was from trees, the contractor will suggest that you have these trees removed.
The sewer company that you hire can give you many more maintenance tips. Contact a company like Home Scope by Cornerstone to learn more.