Septic systems can be found widely, in homes all throughout the United States. As a matter of fact, it has even actually been estimated that up to one quarter of all homes in this country have some type of a septic tank. Therefore, the prevalence of septic systems is enough that knowing how to care for these systems should be something of common knowledge. Knowing the ins and outs of your septic tank and septic system will make its care and keeping all the easier, to say the very least. After all, the care and keeping of a septic tank will vary, sometimes quite considerably, from home to home.
For one thing, the overall size of the septic tank that your home uses will depend on a number of different factors. For one thing, the size of your family or the total number of people who live in your home will be quite the determining factor in this regard. After all, the typical home will already use up to 70 gallons of water over the course of a single day. In larger families, this total amount is likely to be quite considerably higher. Therefore, something bigger than an 1,000 gallon tank (the minimum recommended tank size for the typical family of four) is likely to be essential for the smooth function of your septic system on the whole. After all, having the right septic tank size can most certainly help you to avoid the need for septic tank repair services at any point in the future.
It’s not just the size of your family that determines the size of the septic tank, however. The amount of solids in your waste water can also play a critical role, as it is advised that there be enough space for two full days of water usage, as this is typically how long it takes for the solid waste in your water to settle out of it. However, there are certain things that can up your solid waste content, making a bigger septic tank all the more necessary. Having a garbage disposal is just one of these things.
Having a garbage disposal is great, as a great many people will tell you. After all, the overall ease and convenience that a garbage disposal can bring is more than worth it for those who are struggling to better manage their food waste. However, the typical garbage disposal can actually also increase the total amount of solids in your waste water by as much as a full 50%, which is no small amount by any standards. Therefore, the septic tank in the home with a garbage disposal must reflect this need in order for all things to continue to function as they should.
Regular servicing for your septic tank will also be of the utmost importance. For instance, septic tank cleaning becomes a necessity for every septic tank at some point in time. Septic pumping will also be necessary to keep your septic tank functioning in the way that it should, but the frequency with which this septic pumping is conducted is something that will vary from home to home – and is actually something that depends on a variety of factors.
For instance, the overall size of your family can greatly impact the overall need for septic tank pumping. In addition to this, so too can the total amount of waste water that is being generated (though this will certainly go hand in hand with the first factor mentioned). Total solids in the waste water can make an impact as well, with more solids leading, as one might expect, to more frequent septic pumping. And finally, the size of the septic tank in question will play no less of an important role, to say the very least.
At the end of the day, the care and keeping of a septic tank is a much more personalized thing than many people actually realize. Keeping your septic tank in good shape means regular septic pumping – as well as regular septic cleaning. Making sure that you’re staying on top of both of these things will most certainly go a long way when it comes to your septic system.