Tips For A Healthy Septic System Does your home operate with a septic system? If so, its important to provide regular maintenance to keep everything running efficiently, and avoid bigger problems down the road.

How often a system should be pumped depends on a number of factors:

  • The size of the tank
  • The number of people using the tank
  • How many gray water producing appliances are in use regularly
  • How much medication a person is using, since large amounts can impact the bacterial action of the tank

At a bare minimum, a septic tank should be pumped every 1 to 3 years. However, if your regularly scheduled maintenance is still a ways away, and you begin noticing:

  • Standing water in the leaching area
  • Lush vegetation
  • Odor or slow drainage in household drains
  • Sewage backup

It can be a sign of blockage, and maintenance work should be conducted as soon as possible.

While pumping regularly is the best way to maintain a healthy septic system, you should also be conscious of what is going down into your system, and change some of your daily patterns if necessary.

  • Never allow excess amounts of grease to enter your system
  • Don’t allow a water softener system to drain into your septic tank
  • Stagger laundry loads; you should never wash a dozen loads of laundry, allowing the soap to drain in the septic system all at once
  • Never use large amounts of chemicals, such as detergents, bleach, or chemical cleaners
  • Keep heavy equipment from driving or parking on your system
  • Never ignore plumbing leaks. Any leak can quickly saturate the system and turn small problems into large ones very quickly

If you have a plumbing problem, it could originate from your septic system. Pump regularly, stick with a routine maintenance schedule to reduce the chances of future problems, and give us a call whenever you have a question. No question is too small; and the small ones can help you eliminate the chance for large problems down the road.