Septic System Maintenance That Can Keep Your Tank Working Effectivly


Septic systems don't need a lot of maintenance, but there are some things you need to do if you want your system to work properly. Septic pumping and cleaning is an essential part of maintaining the system, and when done correctly, it is quick and easy to take care of. 

Septic Service Pumping

Many times people with a new septic tank are confused by how often they need pumping, but there are some industry recommendations that you can use to determine how often you should consider it. The best suggestion is to have your septic system installer go over the system with you and help determine when to have a service come out and remove the effluent from the tank. 

The septic pumping service can also help you decide when to do it, and if you are using the system correctly, your septic tank should be healthy and able to sustain a couple of years between service intervals. Older tanks and septic systems that are undersized for the home may fill up faster, so if you notice slow drains and strange odors outside, you may need to have a septic pumping service evaluate the system to determine when to pump it. 

Septic Tank Inspections

When you have your septic system pumped, it is an excellent time to have a septic system inspection on your tank and drain field. Septic pumping services will clear the tank out, allowing the inspector to see any damage to the walls and floor of the tank. 

The inspection may also include a camera inspection that allows visual confirmation that the baffles, intake and output, and drainfield are all clear and working correctly. The septic system inspection is also one of the things many new septic system owners are unsure about. 

Most septic services recommend a septic tank inspection right after septic pumping, but some services would prefer to see it done yearly. Talk to the septic service you typically use or your septic contractor to get a better idea of when you should be considering these services. 

Other Maintenance

If the septic system is working correctly and is not full, there is not much else to do with it. Keep an eye on the area around the tank and drainfield to ensure puddles are not forming that would indicate leaking, and be sure to keep everything out of the drains that do not belong there.  

To keep the septic tank healthy and limit septic pumping, you should not put grease, food, or other organic waste into the drains. Limit the amount of paper used in toilets, and keep famine products out of the tank. If you use the system correctly, you may find that you can stretch the time between pumping and inspections and reduce your maintenance costs over time.


16 February 2023

Fast Facts and Deep Insights: Septic Edition

As you read the articles on this website, you will notice two things. First, they are all about septic services in some ways. Second, some go deep — and others are full of more surface-level facts. This is kind of like your septic system itself! The tank is buried deep, but the drain field is more superficial. You don't have to be an expert on septic systems, but as someone who owns one, you should at least know how to tell when something is wrong with yours so you can call for service. You'll get that level of understanding from this blog — and probably more!