3 Vital Things To Ask A Professional About Replacing Your Septic Tank

Have you recently had your septic tank cleaned out, only to be told that it has reached the end of its lifespan? Are you confused by the thought of having to replace your entire septic tank? If you purchased your house with the septic tank already installed, having to deal with replacing the tank can be somewhat bewildering. While you could simply have your current tank replaced with a model that is as identical as possible, this may not be your best option. Instead, it's a good idea to have a professional come out to assess the following things:

Tank age: Before you start to consider any new septic tank installations, it's a good idea to get a second opinion as to the condition of the tank in question. The inspector who told you that it's time to replace the tank may have actually meant that it needs to be replaced immediately or that it's a good idea to replace it as soon as possible. A second opinion will help you to determine which of these situations is correct, allowing you to set the right budget and timeframe for the replacement project.

Tank size: The tank that is currently on your property may actually be too large or too small for your household. The homeowner who had to deal with the installation before you may have picked a wrong size for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, for budgetary reasons, people who make decisions about septic tank installations pick a tank that is actually too small. These tanks have to be emptied more frequently and can be a hassle to deal with. In other instances, the homeowner may purposely have picked a tank that is oversized so that it could be emptied as infrequently as possible. A professional assessment will help you to determine whether you should stick with the current size or whether a change is a better idea.

Tank placement: Septic tank installations can last for decades. As such, it's possible that the current location of the tank is no longer ideal. It's possible that outbuildings have encroached upon the septic tank's location, leading to potentially smelly times on particularly hot summer days. It's also possible that the tank's leach field has become damaged or worn out due to overflows in the past before you purchased the property. A professional will assess the area and let you know whether or not moving the tank is a good idea that will save you time and money in the long run.

Contact a company like Gotta Go Green for more information and assistance.