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.