One of the most frequent questions we get asked is how to maintain a septic system. Thankfully, maintaining a septic system is relatively easy. We have listed some easy tips which will help you keep your septic system healthy and running for years to come.
Tip 1: Pump Frequently And Inspect Your Septic Tank
The standard household septic system should be examined at least every three years by a septic service expert. Household septic tanks are typically pumped every three to five years. Alternative systems with pumps, electrical float switches, or mechanical parts should be inspected more often, usually once a year. This is important because alternative systems have mechanized parts.
The solids that accumulate in your septic tank need to be pumped out and disposed of. If these solids are not removed, they will eventually concentrate in your drain field, clog the pores in your soil, and harm your drain field. As a bonus, the septic effluent can also form a pond on your drain field or even back up into your home (yuck!). How often you pump depends upon our tank’s size, your usage habits, and the number of people in your household, but typically you only need to pump every few years. When you get your inspection done, your inspector can give you better insight.
Tip 2: Plan Periodic Septic System Inspections
Your septic system needs routine checkups. Your inspector will be able to evaluate the overall health of the system and resolve any repairs that might need to be made or parts that need to be substituted before you experience significant issues. How often you schedule inspections depends upon your requirements and the age and health of your system. Ideally, you should schedule a yearly review.
Tip 3: Perfectly Dispose Of Waste
Whether you flush it down the toilet, run it in the garbage disposal, or pour it down the sink and shower, everything that goes down your drains ends up in your septic system. So be careful of what you pour, as some items/fluids will harm your system.
Tip 4: Be Sensitive To Your Drain Field
Your drain field is important for removing contaminants and impurities from the septic effluent (liquids that emerge from the septic tank). As such, treat it with the proper care it deserves. Don’t park your vehicles there, or let trees with long roots grow there, as all these things will damage your septic system.
Tip 5: Stay Away From Chemicals
Your septic system relies on a healthy colony of bacteria to process waste. Sidestep the chemicals to keep bacteria at healthy levels. A good rule of thumb is that you should not flush it down the drain if you wouldn’t want it on your skin.
If you’re looking for effective and affordable septic system maintenance, reach out to Juddy’s Septic Service!