Septic tanks seem to be one of those things that are out of sight and out of mind for most until problems arise. Many homeowners actually see it as a headache and are afraid of the costs that go into septic tank maintenance. Fortunately, it is far cheaper and more cost-effective to keep a healthy septic tank and drain field, as long as you know the answers to a few of these commonly asked questions.
How Often Should I have My System Inspected?
At Lapin Services, we recommend getting your septic system inspected before attempting to purchase or sell a home. Unlike normal home inspections, septic contractors are the only ones who can inspect a septic system. Having this inspection done can save the buyer an expensive headache as well as the reputation of the realtor.
If you’re a realtor or homeowner looking to sell/buy a home, make sure you contact Lapin Services for discounted septic system inspections.
When Should My Tank Be Pumped?
We recommend you get your septic tank pumped every 2 to 3 years. This is the part where you save yourself an expensive headache through routine maintenance. If you don’t routinely pump out the septic tank, you risk having a high buildup of sludge, ruining your drain field and potentially costing thousands of dollars. Not only are pump outs cost-effective as opposed to a drain field repair, it can alert you to other minor problems such as a filter replacement.
You can potentially save yourself thousands of dollars by contacting Lapin Services if your home is due for a septic pump out or if you have questions regarding your septic tank.
How Can I Prevent Problems?
As much as we would like to think so, unfortunately, the things you flush or wash down the drain doesn’t magically disappear. Here are a few tips we can all remember that will help protect your septic tank and drain field.
- Prevent your drain field from experiencing water overload by minimizing water usage such as the amount of time you spend in the shower and making the most of your loads of laundry
- Try not to flush the wrong types of products down the toilet such as plastics, napkins, and other materials that are not biodegradable
- If you have a garbage disposal, be aware of what you put down the disposal because the wrong materials can also have a negative effect on your septic system
- Read our other blog post for more tips on Protecting Drain Fields.
As with anything else in this world, saving money can depend on proper planning. Make sure you plan ahead and conduct routine maintenance on your septic system. Doing so can save you thousands of dollars in major repairs, and most importantly, your peace of mind. If you’re unsure when your last septic inspection or pump out was, don’t be afraid to contact Lapin Services immediately. We take pride in providing the best customer service and quality work in Central Florida.
Lapin Services, LLC
3031 40th Street
Orlando, FL 32839