If you are used to residential septic systems and think you are going to be able to treat a commercial system the same way, think again. A commercial septic tank system will need to handle a lot more waste. This increase in activity means that the septic system for your restaurant, shop or any business will need special attention. A commercial septic system breaking down will also have consequences on your bottom line. Let’s take a look at some essential maintenance tips for commercial septic systems.
Understand Your System
Your septic system will be one of the most important components of your facility. This is why you have to make sure that you get to know it as much as you can. If you want to know how your system works, request a copy of the unit’s as-built drawings. You can get these from your local public works or records department. This will give you an idea of what goes where and you’ll have a better understanding of not only how it works, but what could be wrong with it.
Make Sure that Your System is Inspected Regularly
This is one of the most important things if you want to keep your system in good condition, extend its lifespan, and prevent breakdowns. You have to regularly call septic services to come to inspect your unit. They will be able to look at potential issues before they show up so you can be better prepared. They will closely inspect things like the tank, the drain field, and any other component associated with your system.
Another reason why inspections are so important is to ensure that your system is up to code. They might find things that are wrong and tell you what you would need to do to make sure that you meet compliance with local commercial building codes. Being able to see issues before they manifest and take steps to avoid them is incredibly important if you want to keep repair costs down and not experience service interruptions.
Keep a Pumping Schedule
Having your septic system pumped regularly is one of the most important parts of maintaining it. Many people will have different rules regarding how often this should be done. Some believe it has to be pumped every year, while others will say that it only needs to be done once every three years. Pumping out is very important as sediments will start forming in the system after a while and will eventually cause failure. This ‘sludge’, as it’s called, will have to be pumped out once it goes over one-third of the tank’s total volume. The most important thing is making sure that you assess the needs of your business and have a clear schedule. If you don’t know how often would be optimal, this is another thing you can discuss with professional septic services.
These are a few things that all commercial septic system owners should know when it comes to maintenance. Do not take it lightly, as major breakdowns could end up costing you in more ways than one.