How do you know if your septic installation is full?

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Presently, dwellings that are not connected to the municipal sewer wastewater system must be fitted with a septic installation. Precisely, the functions of this device are to treat sewage and to separate solids from liquids; in other words, it is a two-cell filtration system.

It should be no surprise that the efficiency of this device tends to diminish over time. From there, questions remain; namely, how does one determine if a septic tank is full? What should one do in such a situation or how should one proceed with the disposal of the sludge? Here is some advice to guide you.

A full septic tank: how do you know if the tank is full?

Many signs allow you to diagnose that a sewer wastewater system is full. First of all, because the device is linked to your sanitary facilities like your shower, bath, sinks, and toilets, it goes without saying that a problem with the disposal of the sludge or a sewer backup could indicate that your tank is full. Moreover, in view of the fact that the septic device is aimed at filtrating the filthy water, a malfunction of the latter could lead to foul odors.

Furthermore, it is entirely possible to use a visual inspection method to determine whether or not a sewer wastewater system is full.

Specifically, this entails measuring the level of the sludge in the tank. If the measured level is higher than half of the useful portion of the tank, it means your system is full, defective or obstructed. The final indicator of a defective sewer wastewater system is the color of your lawn.

Indeed, if your sewer wastewater system is covered by your lawn, and if the lawn seems very green or lush, there’s a good chance it’s because it benefits from an excess of water; a sign of a full septic tank.

Having done these inspections, if you realize that your sewer wastewater system is actually defective, it is then recommended to seek the help of a sanitation professional like Sanibert. They will then proceed with the evacuation and the clean-up of your septic system. But, how is the draining and clean-up of your system done?

The clean-up of septic systems: how is it conducted?

To clean the septic installations, sanitation professionals like Sanibert proceed in compliance with the proper methodology.

The first step is to determine the reason for the obstruction or the malfunction of the septic system if this is the case. To do so, an inspection with a camera might be required. From there, depending on the dysfunction (breakage, misalignment of the joints…), a draining of the sanitation system is then essential. Explicitly, the role of the experts entails not only draining the water chamber of the septic tank, but also the one containing solid matters.

After the cleaning, carried out under a pressure of 300 to 400 bars, a volume of water containing bacteria is added to the solid matter compartment. It is worth noting that the bacteria, by accelerating the degradation of the waste, not only plays a role in the proper functioning of your septic installation but also contributes to reducing the frequency of clean-ups.

Notwithstanding the importance of the role played by a septic installation in a home, in compliance with the Regulation respecting waste water disposal systems Q-2, R.8 (ART.13), you must drain your system every two years.

Finally, to rule out all unpleasant surprises, feel free to ask for advice from septic tank draining experts like Sanibert.

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