How To Maintain Your Septic System

A septic system treats household wastewater, and leaches environmentally friendly water into your yard. These systems don’t cost much for maintenance, and are easy to maintain. With proper maintenance, we’ve seen them last for decades.

However, septic system failures are also very common. These often happen due to the negligence of the owners with regard to the system’s maintenance. A septic system failure can cause serious groundwater pollution, and can be expensive.

For that reason, it is vital to maintain it properly. Following are a few ways through which you can easily carry out septic maintenance.

Use Water Efficiently

Water conservation should be practiced. You can increase the life of your drain field, reduce the likelihood of system failure, and avoid costly repairs simply by reducing and balancing your use.

Following are a few things you can do in order to reduce water use:

  • Make your showers shorter
  • Make use of devices like high-efficiency toilets and faucet aerators that help in saving water.
  • Identify and repair leaky toilets as soon as possible. It is one of the main causes of lots of water being wasted in a single day.

These are a few of the ways through which you can easily save a lot of water. You need to identify where your water is being used the most and then try to reduce that usage as much as possible.

Get Your Septic System Inspected

Your septic system needs to be inspected at least once every three years. Even though other systems do need an inspection once every year, getting your septic system inspected once every three years is more than enough.

Although we’ve seen some people attempt to inspect their system by themselves, we would caution against this. This is due to the health hazards of raw sewage, and that almost no homeowner has access to a sewer inspection camera to look at their septic leach field.

Having a proper inspection of the system can help you prevent major issues and problems associated with poor maintenance of septic systems.

Pump Your Tank

When necessary, pump out your septic tank. Waiting until a problem arises is surely not a good idea. Septic tanks are generally pumped every three to five years for a typical household.

Regular pumping can avoid costly failures like a backed-up sewage line or a clogged drain field. When you use a garbage disposal, more solids will enter the septic tank, necessitating more frequent pumping.

We commonly have clients call who just want to get their septic tank pumped. Unfortunately, this can be a temporary fix, as the septic system is designed to drain liquids into the drain field, and the drain field can fail. Make sure to follow your plumber’s advice if they’re recommending more than just a pump.

Protect The Drainfield

Although drain fields do not require much maintenance, the small pores in the drain field can get clogged with biomat, and keep the drain field from working properly. Hydro-jetting can open these pores up again to make sure that your septic tank is draining properly.

Take care to not move heavy equipment or vehicles on top of the drain field to ensure it lasts a long time.

Bottom Line

If you are serious about your septic system and want it to last for a long period of time, follow the aforementioned tips. Septic maintenance will not only help you save a lot of money but will also allow you to save the environment and reduce groundwater pollution.

Decided that we’re the right fit for you?

Free Estimates

We offer free estimates to help you get a clear understanding of your plumbing project's scope and cost. Requesting an estimate is quick and easy—simply click the link below to take the first step toward quality plumbing solutions tailored to your needs.

24/7 Service

We're here to help you with plumbing emergencies anytime, day or night. Our expert plumbers are just a phone call away.

Posted on July 05, 2022