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Septic Tank Maintenance 101 : A Simple Guide For Inexperienced Home Buyers

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If you have always had the luxury of living in a home that was connected to a public sewer system, you may be a bit apprehensive to find out that a home you are considering making your own actually has a septic tank instead. Here are a few of the biggest questions you likely have about having a septic tank on your property to clean and maintain.

What is the average lifespan of a septic tank?

The average concrete septic tank can last up to 40 years. However, older septic tanks, which were commonly steel or other metals, can be a little less durable, breaking down in soil and moisture. Before you purchase a home, it is a good idea to find out what kind of septic tank is in place and how long it has been on the property.

Will the septic tank have to be pumped every year?

Your septic tank should be pumped about every three to five years. However, this range can change depending on how large your household and family is and even if you have a garbage disposal. Some tanks actually have a sludge meter that can be checked by a professional. These show when the tank is reaching its fill capacity.

How much does it cost to have a septic tank pumped?

There are major determining factors in the price that it costs to have your septic tank pumped, such as where the tank is located and how difficult it is for a pumping truck to get to. However, a good general guideline for the costs of septic tank pumping falls somewhere between $262 and $477. This is really not that much when you consider how much you would normally pay for use of the city sewer system throughout the year, which could be as much as $60 a month.

Will there be any change in what can be flushed down the toilet?

If you have a septic tank, you will have to be a little more conscious about what you flush down the drain. Heavy paper products, such as paper towels or feminine products, do not naturally break down on their own. Therefore, if you do not alter a few flushing habits you could end up having to have your septic tank pumped on a more frequent basis.

Even though being in charge of your own sewer system as a homeowner sounds intimidating, there is really nothing to it. If you would like to know more about septic tank care and maintenance, don't hesitate to ask a maintenance professional for information. One company that may be able to meet your needs is Rob's Septic Tanks Inc.