Since it is unlikely that you will be the only person to ever own your rural home, it is very important for you to keep detailed records about its septic system. Proper record keeping about your home's septic system ensures that you know exactly when the system was inspected, maintained, and serviced. Armed with this information, both you or future owners will be able to make better decisions when it comes time to make major repairs. The good news is that setting up a recordkeeping system for your home's septic system is very easy and well worth the time you dedicate to the task.
Here is some information outlining the information that you should record in relation to your septic system and how you should store it:
How to Store Your Septic System's Records
The easiest way to keep records for your home's septic system is to use a large manilla envelope. You should place any of the following documents that you have access to at this time into the envelope:
- the certified copy of the building permit
- the system's location drawing
- contact information for the installation company
In addition, you will place any past or future receipts for pump outs, inspections, and other completed maintenance. By having all of this information in the same envelope, you will be able to easily provide it to the next plumbing professional who services the system. This allows them to know exactly where your system's major parts are located and what previous actions have been taken to rectify problems. This will save both of you a lot of frustration and will save you the added costs associated with locating your septic tank or inadvertently duplicating maintenance tasks.
Make a Detailed Description of the Septic System
You also need to write out a detailed description of your rural home's septic system. The description should include a scale drawing of the system and list how many gallons of capacity the septic tank has and the material that it is made of. Since some septic systems use gravity to send water out their leach lines and down to the leach field and other systems use a pump, you should also note if your system is gravity fed or if it is pump driven. Finally, you should also note if your system has an effluent filter or other add-ons that require specific maintenance.
For more information and advice, contact a company like AAA Septic Tank Service.