Septic Maintenance

Septic systems require regular inspection and repair for proper functioning. The factors which influence the amount of work required in the maintenance are the size of the tank, the extent of its use by the household and the amount of water used in it. These factors influence how frequently the inspections are needed, but it must be kept in mind that even the best-maintained septic systems require regular inspection.

Keeping your septic tank in good condition will help you not just in keeping the septic wastes contained, but with saving money that is supposed to be allocated on repairs instead. Getting your septic tank maintained every month is not as expensive compared to calling the septic repair crew because there are problems with your sewage system again. A well-maintained septic tank will last longer too. In fact, most modern septic tanks may reach up to 20 years before they start breaking down due to natural wear and tear.

The most important thing to remember when using a septic tank system is that all the drains in your home lead to the septic tank, not just the toilet. Not everything is good for it and if the wrong substances enter the septic system, they can cause potentially expensive problems in the future. For example, to prevent unnecessary clogs in the holding tank, never put cooking oils, grease or caustic chemicals of any kind down your kitchen or bathroom drains. These items can congeal, clog up the filtering system or even potentially cause damage to the tank interior, or the pipes.

As far as the toilet is concerned, you can prevent septic tank repairs in the future by not putting anything in there to be flushed away that is not rated for use in a septic system. This includes feminine products, plastic, cleaning aids and even some brands of toilet paper. Unless it says that it is flushable in a septic system, or biodegradable, on the label, play it safe and do not drop and flush, simple as that. Regular maintenance on the system will prevent clogs from occurring and if there is matter in there that can clog it up, it will be removed when the tank is cleaned and inspected.

If you have purchased a new house, or have forgotten where the septic tank is, the first job is to locate the septic tank. Septic system inspectors take a fee for this job – so to save money and time you better find it yourself before the inspector comes.