Under New Jersey Administrative Code of 1990, which aims to protect and safeguard public health and safety and prevent water pollution, no one is allowed to tamper with, construct, or change an existing approved septic system. If not followed, these complex rules could lead to a hefty fine. This can be avoided with proper septic system maintenance.
Another reason for regular maintenance is the cost to repair or replace a septic system. In New Jersey, you will need to get a permit for repair and pay up to $25,000, especially if you are located in the central or northern New Jersey area, where the soil will have to be replaced with select fill.
As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining the septic system on your property. The maintenance should eliminate the need for emergency services provided you hire a professional team, like Affordable Pumping Services.
The Benefits of a Professional Pumping Service
Septic tanks are maintenance-specific. If there are four or more adults living in the same residential building, system maintenance should be done by a professional every year. However, this can change if:
- The system is antiquated.
- You have a malfunctioning system.
- You use a garbage disposal unit, which increases the solids.
- Your septic tank is small.
You might ask: What about additives? This is a debatable topic since the industry is still divided. Septic tanks, as a rule, are treated with microbes, which means they are meant to last for years even without the additives. A septic system that is functioning well removes bacteria, viruses, phosphorus, and nitrogen – the normal pollutants found in wastewater. However, the tank system does require periodic pumping, even with additives; otherwise, you will have a buildup of sludge and scum. In addition, your septic tank could fill up and cause seepage into the ground, endangering the environment and the quality of life in your community.
Doing Your Part in Caring for the Community
Assuming the septic system was properly designed and installed, maintenance will ensure a long lifespan for the septic system. It is a simple matter of septic tank pumping, which is not inconvenient or expensive. The cost of maintenance is a fraction of what an entire system would cost, so the expense is worth it. It even increases the value of your property if you can prove regular maintenance.
What Happens Without Regular Septic Tank Pumping
Just to give you an idea of the troubles that can be caused by one property owner failing to maintain a septic system properly, here are a few scenarios:
- About a third of the U.S. population uses septic systems.
- One tank can accommodate anywhere from 4,000 to 7,500 liters of waste.
- If a tank is not pumped regularly, the undecomposed waste will end up in the drainage field, which will cause ground contamination.
Ground contamination could mean:
- Unsafe tap water for drinking
- Exposure to infections and diseases, like eye and ear problems and hepatitis
Aside from affordable and regular maintenance, there are other ways to reduce problems. Here are a few suggestions:
- Make sure the septic system is inspected at least once every two to three years. This is not the same as septic tank pumping.
- Reduce your water waste with more efficient toilets, scheduled and timed laundry, and baths instead of showers.
- Avoid throwing hazardous waste down the sink or toilet, including grease and oil.
Most important of all, include septic tank pumping and maintenance in your calendar of home duties and you will never have to worry about failed septic systems and noncompliance ever again.