Inspecting Septic Tanks Could Uncover And Stop Unseen Health Hazards

Taking an "out of sight, out of mind" attitude towards the care of a septic tank is just not prudent. Septic tanks serve a critical purpose as part of a home or other property's plumbing system. One overlooked trait of a structurally sound septic system would be the tank's ability to prevent exposure to dangerous and illness-causing germs and bacteria. The proper care and maintenance of a septic tank can avoid both unexpected health hazards and structural damage.

Zika and the Unexpected Septic Tank Connection

Currently, there is enormous concern around the world over the Zika virus, a virus capable of causing birth defects. Since Zika can be spread by mosquito bites, the potential for infections to spread is high. The uncontrolled spread of the virus is at the root of much of the fear. Not many realize the condition of a septic tank also plays a role in whether or not the virus may spread. A connection does exist. In the state of Pennsylvania, the government has advised people worried about the virus to properly maintain their septic system. The PA Department of Health strongly suggests repairing "cracks and gaps" in a septic tank since these imperfections have a tendency to attract mosquitoes. By keeping the presence of mosquitoes to a minimum, the chances of drawing in a Zika infected insect decreases.

Unseen Cracks and Unexpected Causes

Since nothing comes in direct contact with the tank, homeowners may not think anything is wrong with the septic system. A lot of problems could be occurring underground. Concrete septic tanks, for example, may develop cracks if the mix composition was decidedly improper. Homeowners have no idea the cement has broken down and leaks are occurring. Excess weight on top of the tank could create problems. Roots digging into the tank may breach its structural integrity. Regardless of whether or not the homeowner is aware of the cracking or its cause, wastewater ends up escaping through the openings. This then creates the potential for a serious health hazard such as Zika infections and more.

Septic System Inspections

To find out if any hidden problems are present, homeowners should have a septic system inspected at least once every two or three years. Obviously, when clear signs of septic tank damage arise, an inspection should be performed right away. Once again, never assume that because nothing appears wrong the septic tank is perfectly fine. A proper inspection can pick up on any troubles early and initiate repairs. The inspection could even be performed during routine septic tank pumping service.