“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” – Benjamin Franklin
Septic Maintenance Tips
Just like frequently changing the oil in your vehicle will extend the life of your engine, regular septic maintenance will extend the life of your septic system. Your septic tank should be inspected and/or pumped every 1 to 3 years, and depends on a variety of factors.
The bacteria in your septic system play a crucial role in breaking down waste and organic matter. Use household cleaning agents in moderation because large amounts of cleaning products can kill the friendly bacteria in your septic system.
Don’t flush anything other than human waste, water, or toilet tissue. Products that claim to be flushable (for example, flushable baby wipes) often clog baffles and prevent proper flow inside the septic tank.
Do not pour hazardous chemicals down your drains. Items such as grease, gasoline, paint, and pesticides should be taken to your local hazardous waste collection center for disposal. When in doubt, ask yourself, “Did I eat it or could I eat it?” If the answer is “no” then do not put it in your septic system.
Roots from trees or shrubs can infiltrate your septic system and damage it. Do not plant shrubs close to your tank and look for root systems that may lead to damage. Trees that are within 100 feet of your septic system have the potential to create problems. We provide root removal to protect your septic system.
Too many solids in your septic tank accumulate as sludge and will require you to have your septic tank pumped more frequently. To avoid this situation, use your garbage disposal sparingly. Dispose of food waste in the trash or consider starting a compost pile.
Avoid overloading your septic tank by reducing water usage. Check for leaky faucets and toilets and make the necessary repairs. Install aerators or flow-reducing nozzles on faucets and showers to decrease water consumption. Reduce the amount of water used for flushing toilets by adjusting the float to reduce the water level in the toilet tank or installing low-flow toilets. Do not do many loads of laundry in a row – spread them out to avoid high water usage in a short period of time (which can negatively affect the function of the septic system).
Do not drive over or park on any part of the leach field or septic system.
Do not build or plant anything on or around your leach field.
Due to flammable toxic gases inside septic systems, working on a septic system without proper training is extremely dangerous. Whether you decide to call us or another experienced septic service, please seek help before working on your septic system!