Wondering when you should schedule septic pump services? The experts in Boulder and Gilpin counties say start with an inspection this spring.
BOULDER, Colorado, May 16 – Mountain Contracting announced today that they want to inspect as many septic systems in Boulder as they can this spring. If it’s been more than two years since yours was last serviced, call out the pros today.
All septic pump services start with a thorough inspection, which should be conducted every two years or so. This is true even if the plumbing fixtures and water appliances throughout your home are operating normally.
With proactive inspections, you can identify minor issues and address them before they turn into major problems. This is a worthwhile investment because regular inspections cost a fraction of replacing the entire septic plumbing system. Even if the tech comes back with repair recommendations after every evaluation, you’ll inevitably save money by extending the life of the system.
Why Is Spring the Best Time to Have Your Septic System Inspected?
The long Colorado winter can do a number on your septic system. By calling out the pros as soon as the ground thaws (or at least before summer strikes), you can mitigate any long-term damage left in the wake of the snowy weather. Winter storms can cause clogs in the tank’s filters, for example, hindering the flow of waste.
The extreme temperature variation that Colorado is notorious for can also be problematic since the ground might freeze then thaw then freeze again. Depending on how often this happens over the course of the winter, the soil around the septic tank and leach field can settle, damaging the pipelines and trenches in the process.
If you schedule an inspection in spring, these are some of the most common issues the tech will look for, so they can fix them right away.
What Happens During a Septic System Inspection?
There are two stages of every septic system inspection. The first happens before the tank is opened; the second, after.
While the specifics will depend on the configuration of the system and whether the plumbing on the property is exhibiting any problems, the first stage generally includes the following:
- Identifying sunken soil
- Evaluating any recent modifications to the system or the surrounding landscape
- Looking for evidence of sewage backups
After completing the first stage, the tech will inspect the condition of the tank’s cover and then open it. Next, they’ll do the following:
- Measure sludge levels and scum thickness
- Scrutinize the backflow for potential flooding
- Examine the tank for signs of damage