Maintenance of a septic system

A failed septic system is unpredictable and costly. As well as preventable if maintained. Which is why maintenance of a septic system is so crucial.

The good news is it’s fairly simple and inexpensive. You can do most of the maintenance of a septic system yourself. But before you can do that, you need to know how your system works and where it is located. The county where you reside should be able to provide you with a map of your septic system.

Now for the maintenance part..

  1. Be mindful of landscaping around drain field. Grass is best as it helps reduce erosion. Never plant anything with a long root system such as a tree because the roots will enter into the system and eventually cause major issues.
  2. Do not place anything on top of drain field or septic tank. Never drive or park on drain field or septic tank.
  3. Using too much water is a big contributor for a failed system. Large amounts of water can drown your drain field.
  4. Using too much water is a big contributor to failed systems. Large amounts of water will drown your drain field.
  5. Watch what you put down the drain and toilet. Never flush anything but toilet paper and human waste. And just like if you had municipal for wastewater handling, NEVER pour grease down the drain.
  6. Avoid using antiseptic cleaners and bleach as they will remove bacteria that your septic system needs.
  7. Have your system inspected by septic service professional once a year. This will help prevent any minor issue that could be there from becoming a more serious issue.
  8. Have a septic service company pump your tank out every 3 to 5 years. Timing depends on the size of your tank and number of people in the home.

Following these steps for maintenance of a septic system and having any repairs done quickly will save you in the long run.

If you suspect there is an issue with your septic system contact a plumber or a septic service company immediately.