If you own a home with a septic system, having a major septic tank problem is likely one of your biggest fears. From small warning signs like smelly drains to septic waste flowing into your home, septic system problems are largely preventable if you have regular inspections by a professional septic tank cleaning company like Dash Drains.

How A Septic Tank Works

About a third of homes in America have septic systems. The system consists of a septic tank and a drain field surrounding the tank. All water from your home, including water from toilets, washing machines, and sinks, converges and flows into the septic tank. Once there, the contents separate into three layers. The bottom layer is the sludge layer and consists of solid waste. The top layer, called the scum, consists of oils and grease. In the middle is a layer of liquid wastewater, called effluent.

The tank itself is buried beneath the ground. Different compartments in the tank prevent the sludge and scum from leaving while the effluent is allowed to drain slowly into the drain field where it will percolate and filter through the soil. This acts as a fertilizer, which is why the grass around your septic tank is likely thriving.

Do I Need A Septic Tank Inspection?

Many homeowners see that we offer septic tank inspections as part of our drain cleaning services and wonder if they need any septic tank services. There are three main times when a septic tank inspection is recommended. They are as follows:

  1. You just moved into a new home. If you just bought a house that has a septic system (or you’re unsure if your home has a septic system), you should schedule a septic tank inspection. You never know if the previous homeowners kept up with regular septic tank cleaning and maintenance.
  2. It’s been a year since your last inspection. Septic tanks can hold a lot of waste and you will probably only need a septic tank pumping every three to five years. However, other issues can arise or your tank might be filling up more quickly than expected. For that reason, we recommend a septic tank inspection every year.
  3. You are experiencing signs of a septic tank problem, including: wastewater backing up into the house through sinks, toilets, showers, or other drains; sewage odors inside of the house or near the septic tank location; slow drains or slow-flushing toilets which could indicate that the tank is full; or spongy, flooded, or sopping patches of lush green grass.

Wastewater, whether it is flooding your home or your yard, can contain a lot of harmful bacteria, especially if it is flowing out of your septic system untreated. Be sure to keep children and pets away from wastewater and call a professional septic tank cleaner like Dash Drains if you suspect an issue. We’ve seen it all when it comes to septic tanks and will be able to quickly diagnose the problem.

The Bottom Line: Have Your Septic Tank Inspected Regularly

Septic tanks are very easy to ignore and forget about… until your home is flooded with septic waste. Septic tank inspections and septic tank cleanings are a small price to pay to avoid a massive backup that will set you out thousands of dollars. Here at Dash Drains, our goal is to provide unparalleled and trustworthy drain services to residents of Beverly, Boston, and the surrounding areas.

If you are unsure about the state of your septic tank, schedule a routine checkup for your peace of mind. You might be right around the corner from a major septic disaster or your tank could be working like new and the septage levels could be low. You can count on Dash Drains to share our expertise and give you an honest assessment of what work needs to be done and what work can wait.

Call Dash Drains Today

For septic tank services in Boston, Medford, Beverly, Salem, Everett, and the surrounding areas, call Dash Drains. We can take a look at your septic system and ensure everything is working properly and check that your septage levels are low.  Schedule a septic system checkup today!