You might be wondering why we stress the importance of maintaining your septic system so much. There are three reasons you should focus on septic system maintenance: septic systems are an integral part of your home’s functioning, well-maintained systems make for good resale value, and replacement for a poorly maintained septic system is very expensive. These reasons should be plenty to encourage you to schedule your yearly septic system maintenance. There are four essential services that Bay State provides that are all a part of our maintenance recommendations: Inspection, pumping, sewer and water cleaning and unblocking, and tank treatments.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, should be getting your household septic system inspected by a service, like Bay State, every three years. And, if you have an Alternative septic system with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components, you should be getting this checked yearly. Make sure the company inspects for leaks and examine the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank. These inspections are called MA Title V inspections and are required during certain remodeling projects as well as before the sale of any home. It is important to have this inspection done especially if you are about to sell your home, as failing septic systems need to be replaced, and can be a large financial burden; a failed septic system can cost anywhere from $10,000 to $50,000 and requires the digging up of your yard. Nobody wants to have to replace a septic system that could’ve easily been replaced if you had gotten an inspection. Title 5 inspections are valid for two years and, with annual service, it can be good for up to three years.
It is important to note that septic systems should be pumped every three to five years. Bay State can help you maintain the health of your system to prevent septic backup issues. Septic backup and sludge buildup are unavoidable occurrences, no matter how well you take care of your system. Our septic tank pumping services help you to avoid costly and inconvenient repairs to your septic tank or cesspool. Getting your tank pumped every three to five years can dramatically extend the life of your septic system and prevent septic system replacement.
Sewer and Water Lines Cleaning and Unblocking
Regular water usage and improper waste disposal can be two factors that block up your sewer and water lines. If you don’t maintain your sewer and water lines, they can easily get backed up, causing you many problems. In addition, if you don’t clean your sewer and water lines these failing systems can contribute harmful wastewater into groundwater, wells, and local habitats. This can be a potential a health concern for everyone in your local community, including people, domestic livestock, pets, wildlife, rivers, streams, lakes, and more. Overall, getting your sewer and water lines cleaned out by Bay State can help your community and help you from a failing septic system.
Just like many systems, septic systems require a well-balanced environment to perform properly. Your tank needs microorganisms to properly clean the tank and ensure optimal functioning. At Bay State, our expert technicians will determine what (if any) treatments your system needs. We introduce new “good bacteria” as needed into your system, using DEP-approved products, helping to protect those microorganisms. This ensures system functionality and proper breakdown of organic waste.
Overall, these four types of septic system maintenance should provide you with the resources you need to understand why septic system maintenance is important and what it consists of. If you have any questions about why you need to maintain your septic system, feel free to reach out to us at Bay State.