Many households in Headingley, MB, and the surrounding communities depend on septic systems to treat wastewater. Regular maintenance is important to keep your septic system in top operational condition. Here are some tips for helping to ensure that your septic system never backs up.
Inspecting and Pumping Your Septic System
How often should you have your septic system pumped? That will depend upon four factors:
- The size of your household
- The size of your septic tank
- The total volume of the wastewater your household generates
- The volume of solids in your wastewater
A septic tank that serves a household of four may only need to be pumped every three to five years. However, the larger your household, the more often your tank will need to be pumped. Additionally, it’s a good idea to have your septic system inspected once a year by an experienced professional. This will help ensure that system components are functioning the way they were engineered to operate.
Septic tanks need to be large enough to accommodate the structures they serve. A 10-room residential building will typically require a septic tank with a 4,500-litre capacity. You can calculate the size of a rectangular tank needed to provide this capacity by multiplying the length, width, and depth by a factor of 7.5. You can calculate the size of a round tank needed to provide this capacity by multiplying the radius of the tank by the mathematical constant Pi (3.142) and multiplying that sum by the depth of the tank and a factor of 7.5.
The Benefits of Regular Maintenance
Regular septic system maintenance has two main benefits: It helps make sure that human waste and other potentially hazardous chemicals don’t contaminate your property, and it eliminates pollutants that might otherwise get into the groundwater. Regular maintenance may also aid you in avoiding costly septic system repairs.
King’s Services has been providing high-quality septic and plumbing services to customers in southern Manitoba since 1985. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have about septic system maintenance. We also offer plumbing and drain cleaning, pipe inspections, and hot water tank replacement, so contact us today.