Tips (Guidelines) for Householders:
Young's Water & Sewer Inc.
Septic System Maintenance
To most homeowners the septic system may only receive attention when there is a crisis. Such a crisis is usually a most unpleasant experience that can be avoided with proper care and maintenance. If you are like most homeowners, you probably never give much thought to what happens when waste goes down your drain. But if you rely on a septic system to treat and dispose of your household wastewater, there are some important facts you should know. Here are three primary reasons why septic system maintenance is so important.
Cost- The cost to maintain a septic system may be a minimal financial price if you practice preventative maintenance. If on the other hand, you fail to properly maintain the system, you may end up paying annual costs of thousands of dollars in addition to social and environmental costs. Failing septic systems
are expensive to repair or replace, and improper maintenance by homeowners is a common cause of early system failure. With proper routine maintenance, the average septic system can continue to work effectively for 25-30 years.
Health Risks- When septic systems fail, untreated household wastewater is released into the environment. This poses a significant health risk. Untreated wastewater from failing septic systems can contaminate nearby wells, groundwater and drinking water sources and expose people to waterborne diseases and other serious health risks as well as impair other aquatic life. For this reason it is important for homeowners to be knowledgeable about the basics of maintaining a healthy septic system.
Property Value- When a septic system fails and untreated domestic waste reaches the groundwater, bacteria from human waste can cause disease outbreaks. Excessive amounts of nitrates and phosphates found in domestic wastewater can cause excessive algae growth in nearby lakes and streams. In addition, defective septic systems may contribute to the pollution of local rivers, lakes, and shoreline on which a community depend for commercial or recreational activities. Failing septic systems can cause property values to decline and may even result in refusal of the authorities to issue building permits for these properties.
Annual inspection of septic system is recommended to ensure that it is working properly and to determine what actions are necessary to prevent possible messy outcomes. Preventing groundwater pollution from failing septic system is your responsibility. You owe it to your Family and Community.
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Waterline Repair & Replacement
Proper Disposal of Grease Products is important for the preservation of sewer lines. The build-up of grease in the pipeline causes sewer to back-up and overflow, resulting in damage to homes and the environment. When grease enters the pipeline, it clings to the insides of sewer pipes throughout the sewage system.
Some chemicals and additives which are sold as drain cleaners simply move the clog further along the pipeline where it may block the lines in other areas. Over time, the build-up can block the entire pipeline resulting in sewer back-ups and overflows.
A flood of raw sewage into your home or property can expose you and your family to disease causing organisms. In addition, these chemicals destroy useful bacteria that keep the lines free. The unpleasant and costly clean up is usually paid for by you, the homeowner, However, sewer departments also incur increased maintenance and clean up costs which may be passed on to the consumer.
By following a few simple guidelines, home and commercial property owners can make a significant difference in preventing sewer back-up and overflow.