Septic systems are responsible for safely and efficiently treating and disposing of wastewater from the building. Proper maintenance and care of your septic system can prevent costly repairs and ensure that your system functions properly for many years.
Here are some important tips for caring for your septic system:
1.) Have your system inspected regularly.
Regular inspections are important for detecting potential problems before they become major issues. It is recommended that you have your system inspected by a professional at least once every three years.
However, if you have a large household or your system is older, more frequent inspections may be necessary. During an inspection, a professional will check the various components of your system, including the tank, drain field, and pipes, to ensure that everything is functioning properly.
2.) Pump your tank on a regular basis.
Septic tanks should be pumped every 3-5 years, depending on the size of your household and the amount of wastewater generated. Regular pumping can help prevent the buildup of solids and sludge, which can clog the system and cause sewage to back up into your home or yard. It can also extend the life of your system as a whole.
3.) Conserve water.
Conserve, conserve, conserve! Overloading your system with too much water can cause it to fail. Some easy tips to implement to cut down on water usage are:
- Fix leaky faucets and toilets.
- Install low-flow shower heads and faucets.
- Run full loads of laundry and dishes.
- Spread out water use throughout the day instead of doing everything at once.
4.) Be mindful of what you flush.
Your septic system is not designed to handle certain materials, so it’s important to be mindful of what you flush down the toilet or pour down the drain. Certain things to avoid:
- Cooking oils and grease.
- Feminine hygiene products.
- Flushable wipes (they’re not really flushable!)
- Hazardous chemicals like paint, pesticides, and motor oil.
- Excessive amounts of bleach or other cleaning chemicals.
Caring for your septic system is essential for preventing costly repairs and ensuring that your system functions properly for many years. By having your system inspected regularly, conserving water, being mindful of what you flush, and maintaining your drain field, you can keep your septic system in top condition.