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How To Maintain a Septic System

Regular septic maintenance is the greatest thing one can do to keep their septic system in good working order. Whether you’ve recently purchased a house or owned one for years, it is crucial to remember that a septic system has a lifespan of up to 40 years with apt maintenance.

What Is Septic Maintenance? How Does It Work?

All of your home’s wastewater, such as the water from the restrooms, cooking, and laundry, is treated by a septic system.

Traditional septic systems have a tank into which wastewater is pumped for care, separating the particulates from the wastewaters. Microbes break the organic materials in waste. From there, the wastewater goes onto the drainage, which comprises perforated pipelines. From here, the wastewater may dissipate or seep into the ground.

Tips For Septic Maintenance

You don’t need to spend a huge amount of money or time on septic maintenance. However, neglecting your septic system could cost you a lot of money because excavating and restoring a septic system are not tasks done for cheap. Take a look at the tips mentioned below to maintain the health of your septic system.

Keep Your Drainfield Clean

Your drain field is essential to septic systems and needs to be appropriately cared for. The drain field area must not become swamped for septic tanks to function correctly, thus avoid overwatering the site.

Use Water Efficiently

In a traditional family home, each inhabitant uses approximately 50 to 60 gallons of water daily. Every drop of water from your home via its plumbing ends up in its septic system. When the residents conserve water, less quantity of water enters the septic system. Hence, utilizing water wisely enhances septic system performance and lowers failure risk.

Properly Dispose Of Waste

Toilet paper is the ONLY item, not a part of the human body, that is acceptable to be flushed down the drain. Therefore, no other things such as diapers, feminine hygiene items, hair, floss, or anything else should be flushed.

The septic tank is intended to degrade toilet paper. It cannot defile any other products; they will clog your septic system and cause harm. Also, ensure to get toilet paper free from any chemicals as that will damage your septic system.

Pump Routinely

Every 3 to 5 years, the typical household septic system needs to be pumped.

A septic maintenance service provider is most suited for this job. They will check your septic tank for leaks and also look at the grime layers. Keep in mind to keep all septic maintenance documentation. They will be helpful if issues emerge or you decide to sell your home.


As mentioned above, monitoring water use and what enters your septic system is the first step in proper septic maintenance. The most crucial advice we can give, in addition to all the other advice we’ve provided, is to have a professional regularly evaluate your septic system and pump out your septic tank. Take the actions we have suggested to prolong the useful life of your tank because a septic tank failure can be expensive and irritating.

Get In Touch

Call Plumb-All if you have discovered any issues with your septic system or if it’s time for regular septic maintenance. We specialize in residential as well as commercial plumbing. Our priority is to provide a hassle-free service. Call us today for a free examination.

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Posted on October 17, 2022