By Dez Duran-Lamanilao

One of the most unnoticeable parts of a house is the septic tank or the cesspool. This is understandable especially if the house is a newly-purchased one and the owners are most likely taking part to the excitement of a brand-new home.

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Eventually, there will be some renovation or expansion that needs to be done and if part of that will affect the area where the septic tank is located, considerations are planned and effected. Septic tanks usually last between 15 and 40 years, depending on the materials they are made of, and it is up to the homeowners to ensure that their lifespan lasts longer. One easy way to do this is to have your septic tank serviced on a regular basis. This is a matter experts from Drain Busters Plumbing team can work on.

Encyclopedia.com defines a septic tank as an underground sedimentation tank that retains sewage for a short period while it is decomposed and broken down by bacteria. The bacteria can come from normal household waste and is an important factor in the process of digesting scum to avoid overflowing or clogging of waste.

Septic tanks differ from cesspools, also known as cesspits, in how the waste water is stored. Septic tanks have an outlet pipe and are designed to be emptied annually while cesspools do not have an outlet and are designed to be emptied monthly. Septic systems treat and disperse small volumes of wastewater from homes and/or commercial buildings while cesspools dispose sanitary wastewater from kitchens, bathrooms, and clothes washers. Cesspits are considered outdated and are usually the last resort for private sewage disposal systems. In fact, large-capacity cesspools have been ordered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to be closed by April 5, 2005.

While you think there might not be a need for you yet to worry about your septic tank in the next couple of years, taking precautions to keep it clean will go a long way:

  • Avoid excessive amounts of household chemicals.
  • Do not deposit non-decomposable materials into the house sewer such as coffee grounds, diapers, and facial tissues.
  • Refrain from dumping grease down the drain.

Schedule an appointment now with Drain Busters Plumbing if you feel that you have neglected your septic tank these past few years.