Homeowners are responsible for maintaining their septic systems. It not only protects the investment in your home, but also protects your water supply and those of your neighbors. You don’t want to be the cause of major ground water or surface water contamination because of a malfunctioning septic tank. The liabilities are potentially huge and your homeowners insurance may not cover you if you didn’t do the required maintenance. It will also make selling your home difficult, I personally have walked away from houses I wanted to buy because the septic system was not in proper working order.
Septic tank management can be very simple. If the tank has been properly constructed and installed very few interventions will be necessary and the interventions will primarily be inspections. The major components of a septic system are a collection pipe from the house, the holding tank, and the drainage system (usually a field). The collection pipe is the final pipe leaving the home that contains all the household waste water. This part of the system is identical for people connected to a municipal sewer except for where the pipe goes. Continue reading