If you were converted to a remote employee during the pandemic, you likely noticed your lower gas costs and higher utility bills. There's no doubt that moving all that work to your home changed where your money goes, but what a lot of people haven't realized yet is that all that time at home also affected the appliances and other working features of their homes. Everything got a lot more use than it usually does, and that includes your septic system if you're not on a city sewer line. It might not seem like your septic system could be under a lot of strain, but if you've stayed home this entire time, you need to call a septic company to inspect the pump and other parts to ensure they're all working well.
Those Hours Add Up
If you stay home day after day, you're using the septic system maybe a couple more times per day, right? But over 12 months, that couple times a day becomes hundreds of times more, and the use is even greater if there are multiple people staying in your home. You've suddenly doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled the use of the septic system, and that does not go unnoticed by all the working parts in the system.
More Use Means More Wear
When an appliance or fixture, including things like septic pumps, has to work a lot more, the wear and tear on these appliances and fixtures increases. The chances of them failing increase exponentially, and that's very bad in the case of the septic pump. Even if they don't fail outright, they can work less efficiently, leading to backups and leaks, which are just as bad as a failed pump. As a result, you'll need to have the system inspected more often, particularly if you plan to continue working from home even after the pandemic is over.
Even if You're Going Back to the Office, Have Some Maintenance Done First
If you've already had the septic system put through maintenance in the past year, you're ahead of the game. But if not, even if you're returning to the office now, have a septic services company empty the tank and inspect all of the parts to ensure that the system doesn't need repairs a few weeks or months from now. You're not going to know that something is wrong with the pump or other parts of the septic system until something goes really wrong. It's better to have someone periodically inspect — and that includes now, after all this extra use — to ensure any new problems are caught and solved.
Chances are that your system just needs to be cleaned out and maybe tuned up a little. But there's also the chance that the septic company will spot an issue, and they'll be able to fix it then and there so you no longer have to worry about it.
Contact a local septic service today for more information about the pump and other parts.
It isn't always easy to know where to start when it comes to household maintenance, but a few years ago I realized I needed a new septic system. We were having a problem with our drains draining properly, so we turned to some experts for some help. They walked us through every aspect of the plumbing process, and within a few days, we were having a brand new septic tank installed. It was great to see just how much better things ran when the septic was working, and this blog is evidence of how much something like that can help.