Four Maintenance Tips To Keep Your Septic Tank Running Smoothly


A correctly designed and constructed septic tank system should be virtually problem free. Unfortunately, things do happen and problems with the septic tank are no exception. However, since it is buried, it is usually not something that crosses your mind unless you start to notice a problem, such as a bad odor on your property. One of the most important things to remember about prolonging the life of your septic system is proper maintenance; it is the key to keeping the system running smoothly. Regular maintenance and inspections will help to catch problems in the early stages, allowing you to make any necessary repairs before the problem leads to an expensive system failure. Here are four maintenance tips to keep your septic system running smoothly for years to come.

Septic Tank Pumping

It is essential that you have routine septic tank pumping. The average home typically needs to have the septic tank pumped about every three to five years. Neglecting the pumping may cause solids to overload the septic tank and sludge could leak out into the drain field. Pumping will also keep the septic waste from returning to the house or filtering out onto surfaces near the septic tank. Routine pumping helps to prevent the smell and toxic material from contaminating the surrounding areas that are often used by animals and humans. The seepage can also cause damage to your lawn.

Lid and Port Seals

It is important to make sure all access lids and ports are tightly sealed to prevent water from penetrating into the system. If water gets into the system it may cause it to hydraulically overload the septic system, which causes the drain field to become oversaturated. Lids and ports that aren't properly sealed can create additional problems with pressure type systems by causing the pump to constantly run, which overworks the pump and wastes money and energy.

Additives or Rejuvenators

Whether the product claims to break up scum and sludge or to unclog drain fields, additives and/or rejuvenators can actually damage the system by causing frothing and excessive activity, which prevents the normal settling of solid wastes. If you are considering putting in any additives, make sure to check with your local health department to ensure the product is safe to use.

Flushed Materials

When you use your toilet as a garbage disposal or a trash receptacle, you are introducing items into the system that will not decompose, which will require constant pumping of the septic tank. It is important to limit the use of drain cleaners and toilet bowl cleaners as well, because they are harmful to the good bacteria that aids in decomposing the solids in the septic tank. You should never pour cooking oil or grease into the sinks or toilets; these substances float on water and pose a threat of clogging the inlet pipes.


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