How to Maintain a Septic System

Mar 2, 2023Septic Systems0 comments

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Top Tips for Maintaining Your Septic System

Septic systems are an essential part of many homes and communities that are not connected to municipal sewer systems. They are an efficient way to manage wastewater, but they require proper maintenance to ensure they work effectively. In this blog post, we will discuss some tips on how to maintain a septic system and keep it functioning properly for years to come. 

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Regular Pumping

One of the most important aspects of maintaining a septic system is to have it pumped regularly. The frequency of pumping will depend on several factors, including the size of the tank, the number of people using the system, and the amount of wastewater generated. As a general rule of thumb, it is recommended that septic tanks be pumped every 3-5 years to prevent solids from building up and clogging the system. 

Think About What You Put Down the Drain

Another important aspect of maintaining a septic system is being mindful of what you put down the drain. Avoid flushing non-biodegradable materials such as diapers, feminine hygiene products, and wipes down the toilet. These materials can clog the system and cause damage. Similarly, avoid pouring grease, oil, and other harmful chemicals down the drain, as they can kill the beneficial bacteria in the system, leading to the accumulation of solids. 

Use Water Efficiently

Efficient water use is another important aspect of septic system maintenance. The more water that goes into the system, the harder it has to work to treat the wastewater. Overuse of water can lead to problems such as overflowing or leaking tanks. To prevent this, make sure to fix any leaky faucets or toilets, install low-flow showerheads and toilets, and avoid doing laundry all in one day. 

Avoid Driving Over the Septic Tank

Driving or parking over the septic tank can cause damage to the system. The weight of a vehicle can compress the soil and damage the pipes and tank, leading to leaks and other issues. To avoid this, make sure to mark the location of your septic system and avoid driving or parking over it. 

Regular Septic System Inspections

Regular inspections are essential to ensure that your septic system is working properly. Identifying problems early prevents significant damage and more costly repairs. Inspect the system at least annually and keep a record of your findings. Pay attention to any signs of trouble such as foul odors, slow drains, or sewage backups. 

Hire a Professional for Repairs

If you do identify a problem with your septic system, it is essential to hire a professional to make the repairs. Septic systems can be complex, and attempting to make repairs yourself can cause more harm than good. A professional septic system contractor will have the experience and knowledge necessary to diagnose and repair any issues they find with your system. 

Coal Creek Excavating & Septic has the equipment and experience to install, inspect and repair your septic system. 

Maintain the Drain Field

The drain field is an important component of your septic system. It exists to filter and treat wastewater before it is absorbed into the soil. To keep the drain field functioning properly, avoid planting trees or shrubs over it, as the roots can damage the pipes. Also, avoid parking or driving over the drain field, as this can compact the soil and reduce the absorption capacity of the system. 

In conclusion, maintaining a septic system is necessary to ensure that it works efficiently and lasts for many years. Regular pumping, being mindful of what you put down the drain, using water efficiently, avoiding driving over the septic tank, inspecting the system regularly, hiring a professional for repairs, and maintaining the drain field are all important aspects of septic system maintenance. By following these tips, you can help ensure that your septic system works properly for a long time.

If you are ready to schedule your septic inspection, call Coal Creek today.

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