As you may know the EPA is charged with protecting our environment. There are many rules and regulations in effect with the goal of preserving our waterways and keeping the air we breathe contaminant-free. Local municipalities in the Snohomish area have many requirements outlined for them by the EPA. But septic systems, being decentralized and not part of any regulated utility service, are not regulated by any EPA rules.
The EPA has 5 voluntary guidelines listed on their website under their FAQ page for septic systems. Two of these guidelines are focused on what the homeowner can be expected to do.
- System inventory and awareness of maintenance needs
- System management through maintenance contracts
The other three are more about what the townships and municipalities can do to ensure a safe environment. They include issuing permits to professional septic tank installers and forming management entities to oversee this type of waste water treatment.
Many people in Snohomish County area have been maintaining their septic systems for years. Long-time residents know that it’s wise to inspect the area over the drain field looking for depressions and excess water. However, newcomers who aren’t used to septic systems are often unaware of what needs to be done.
For instance a homeowner from an area that’s always had sewage service provided by a water and sewage department may not know about having an inspection or having solid waste pumped out of their septic tank every three to five years. That is just one example of the issues that the EPA guidelines address.
Best Actions the New Homeowner Can Take
A well educated new homeowner can be aware of what needs to be done to maintain a system, but they may not be aware of some things about the system they own – such as when the last pumping service occurred. If this leads to problems there won’t be a bond issue passed to pay for the solution to the problem – it will be the homeowner’s responsibility.
A newly purchased home with a septic tank here in the Snohomish and King County area should be inspected by a reputable septic service expert with years of experience on their resume. Snohomish Septic Service has been serving this area for 50 years. If you’ve just moved to the area and are unfamiliar with septic systems reach out to Snohomish Septic Service at (360) 310-4430 for a septic inspection and advice on following the EPA’s voluntary guidelines.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Expert Septic Services in Snohomish and King Counties