If you’re new to having a septic tank, don’t worry. Despite what you may have heard, it’s actually fairly easy to keep your septic tank in great shape. All it takes is consistency and a little bit of know-how. Below are our top three tips for maintaining your septic tank so that you help to avoid some of those major catastrophes that give septic tanks a bad rap.
- Inspect Frequently and Pump Often. On average, most septic tanks need to be professionally inspected at least every three years, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Depending on the result of the inspection, you’ll need to have your home’s septic tank pumped every three to five years. If your septic system features electrical or mechanical components, then it’s a good idea to have it inspected once a year.
- Consider Water Efficiency in Your Home. Every day, each person in your home will on average use 70 gallons of water. Sound like a lot? It is. And it’s your septic tank that handles all of it. By finding ways to make your home more efficient when it comes to water usage, whether through conservation or products (like low flow toilets), you can help your septic system last longer and with fewer issues.
- Think About Proper Waste Disposal. Whether down the drain or down the toilet, how you dispose of waste matters for the health of your septic system. Just like all of the water from your home ends up in your septic tank, so does all of the waste that goes down with it. To avoid major issues, remind everyone in your family about what’s appropriate to flush or wash down, and what should be thrown straight in the trash.
And finally, always maintain your drainfield. Your septic system relies on your drainfield to effectively remove contaminants from the liquid that comes out of the tank. Be sure not to ever drive or park on top of your drainfield as it can cause damage to this important part of your system.
And, when you’re ready for a professional inspection or if you have a question about septic tank maintenance, be sure to reach out to our team!