New Septic Tank Owners — What You Need to Know About a Septic System

Being a first-time homeowner can be scary as it is, but figuring out things like a septic system for the first time adds another layer of stress. However, there’s really nothing to stress about — Lion Home Service is available for all of your septic system needs. Today we wanted to discuss some basic information for first-time septic tank owners to know to start on the right foot.

How Your Septic System Is Set Up

The first information that’s useful to know is how your septic system is set up to function. Knowing the basic setup will help you better understand how and why it’s important to take care of it.

  • The first major part of your septic system is the pipes leading from your home to the septic tank. These pipes carry all of the water waste to the septic tank.
  • The next major part of your system is the septic tank itself. The septic tank is located underground and is the collection spot for all of the water waste leaving your home. Newer septic tanks will have risers with lids level to the grass to have easy access when it’s time for repairs or maintenance.
  • Then comes the drain field, which is where the waste is disposed of and treated further by the soil. Waste will travel through pipes from your septic tank to your drain field. It’s important to note that you must have a reserve drain field in some states in case your current drain field becomes too full. For questions about the components of your septic system, call Lion Home Service.

Tips For Taking Care Of Your Septic System

Taking care of your septic system is incredibly important. If a problem arises or the system is not properly cared for, health and safety issues may occur. Septic systems house your home’s water waste, so if it begins leaking or malfunctioning, all of those odors and bacteria will be released into the air and sometimes back into your home. With all this being said, let’s share some tips on what you can do to avoid these issues.

  • Inspect and pump your septic tank regularly. Your septic tank should be inspected regularly and pumped every 2 to 3 years. This ensures that your septic is functioning properly.
  • Don’t waste water in your home. Using water efficiently within your home reduces the amount of water waste that has to be pushed through your septic system. The more water and waste pushed through your system, the harder it has to work and the greater chance of a problem.
  • Watch what you’re putting down your drains. Harsh chemicals, food waste, and grease/oils can affect your septic system.
  • Take care of your drain field. It’s good to plant grass or shallow-rooted plants around the area to help soak up the excess water in the area. You also want to ensure no one is driving on or near your septic system because this can cause damage.

Taking Care Of Your Septic Doesn’t Have To Be Overwhelming

Overall, taking care of your septic system can feel overwhelming at first. However, we’re sure that you can do it! Lion Home Service has amazing septic tank contractors that would be happy to help you. Our knowledgeable professionals can help answer any questions you may have and are ready to assist you should you have any problems. For all things, Septic, call Lion Home Service (970) 829-8222!

For more information on how to care for your septic system, check out this guide from the EPA https://www3.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/homeowner_guide_long.pdf