How to Keep a Well-Maintained Septic System

Not everybody includes the tank as a part of house maintenance mainly because it’s located outside and often times are forgotten. But not giving your septic tank the care it deserves can lead to replacing it when it becomes irreparable. This can take an average of $3,000 – $7,000. That’s a whole lot of money on a single tank. Regular maintenance is therefore crucial so you not only will save money from a repair or overhaul, but you will also have safe living quarters for the family and safe surroundings for your neighbor and for the environment.

The Basics

Septic Tank

A septic tank is part of the septic system. It is a tank buried underground and it holds solid sediments and scum from your wastewater. Most urban areas have access to public sewers. Rural areas don’t and so they will need a septic system. If maintained properly, a septic tank can last up to three decades.

Drain Field

The wastewater that exits the septic tank goes into the drain field. Unlike the septic tank, the drain field is shallow. If it has too much water, it will flood. This is what causes backups in the sewage.

Which one should I maintain first?

Both of them. You are not to pick one over the other. Proper maintenance of the whole system means that it can last for a very long time.

How Often Should the Septic Tank be Pumped?

There are things to consider about how often a septic tank should be pumped. Household size, usage of water, tank size, and amount of solids present can determine the frequency of pumping. On the minimum, it should be every 5 years. On average, it should be every 3 years. On the safer side, you can have it done every year.

The following will guide you through the steps of how to properly and carefully maintain the septic system of your home.

  1. Regular Pumping. This will prevent thick accumulation of solids that can be hard to get rid off. But not every house is the same. Call your trusted professionals like Waco septic pumping to be sure.
  2. Water Jetting. Regular pumping cannot guarantee that the drain pipes will not accumulate solids as well. Water-jetting using a high pressure will address this problem and prevent the pipes from being blocked. It is recommended to do this every 5 years.
  3. Bacteria Additive. Using a bacteria additive in an organic form will help decompose chemical solids like detergent and soap which are unavoidable to be flushed down the toilet or drain. Live bacteria additives will keep the system functioning properly and free from odor and build-up.
  4. Effluent Filter. Identify if your septic system has a filter. If it does, let the professionals know when you have it serviced by them. The filter should be replaced every once in a while.

The most important thing that you need to remember is that whatever you flush or drain, will go to the septic system. So, avoid flushing down unnecessary things in unnecessary volume to keep the system efficient and functioning properly.