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Septic Tank Maintenance 101

If you’ve never lived in a home with a septic tank before, you may not know exactly what you need to do to keep your system in good working order. This new responsibility can feel intimidating, especially if you’re unclear on the specifics of what you need to do. Our team at Lee Kirk & Sons Septic has been working in this industry for over 60 years, so we know everything there is to know about septic tank maintenance, and in this article we’ll be going over the essential information you need to know on how to keep your tank in good condition and avoid any septic emergencies.

  • Pumping. The main thing you need to know about septic tank maintenance is that the tank has a limited capacity and will need to be regularly pumped out. Without regular pumping, you are likely to experience backups, where sewage from the tank rises back up through your drains. To make sure that your tank never overflows, we recommend setting up a recurring schedule for septic pumping with a qualified team such as ours.
  • Bacteria Additives. Another key step in septic tank maintenance is to use the right bacteria additives in your tank. These bacteria are used to break down solid waste inside your tank so that it takes up less space, allowing you to go longer between pumping appointments and decreasing your risk of backups. They also break down the chemicals in soaps and detergents, which are harmful to the bacteria that naturally occur inside the tank.
  • Effluent Filter. Lastly, it’s important to make sure that you have an effluent filter installed and to clean that filter regularly. This filter prevents solids from entering your drain field, which could compromise the effectiveness of your system. When enlist our team to pump your tank, we will also clean your filter at no extra charge, so we encourage you to give us a call.