Proper maintenance of a septic
system is essential in determining the life span of a system. It is in the
hands of the homeowner to ensure that maintenance is performed and recorded
for future reference.
Maintenance of a septic system
begins inside the house. The following is a list a helpful hints:
- Water should be conserved whenever
- Leaking faucets should be repaired.
A faucet that only drips can still amount to enough water to cause a problem.
- Tasks that consume a lot of
water should be done in moderation. For example, it is better to do one
load of laundry every other day than to do four loads on Saturday.
- Water softeners should not discharge
into the septic system.
- Harsh chemicals such as cleaning
detergents should not be discharged into the system
- Fats & grease should not
be discharged into nay drain. Even if they are heated up before hand, the
will solidify in the transfer pipes or in the tank. When they solidify,
a crust layer will form creating a dam that will restrict flow.
There are also procedures that
can be done outside to help increase the systems life span.
- Clean the septic tank filter
every six months or earlier if needed.
- Have the Septic tank pumped
every one to two years. It is important to have all tanks and compartments
pumped. Generally there are three places for a mound that need pumped, two
for a conventional, and one for a holding tank. Please feel free to call
if you are uncertain how many your system has.
- Avoid heavy traffic above and
around the tanks and absorption field
- Divert water away from the septic
tanks and absorption field. This will be done at installation but help with
diverting gutters and such away from the system.
A significant investment has been
put into the system. A small amount of maintenance will go a long way and
will save money in the long run. Nothing is worse then when a system fails
and either backs up into the house or bubbles up in the yard.