Septic Tank Maintenance: Top 3 Essential Practices

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Maintaining a healthy septic system is vital for properties without access to municipal sewer lines. Proper septic tank maintenance will ensure your system is working efficiently. Here are the top three essential practices to keep your septic system functioning at its best.

Septic Tank Maintenance: Top 3 Essential Practices

The first thing you should do for your septic system is schedule regular pumping. Pumping helps eliminate accumulated solids and prevents potential blockages. The pumping frequency varies based on factors such as household size, water usage, and tank capacity. We typically recommend pumping every 3 to 5 years, but we recommend inspecting your system annually to know when to schedule pumping.

The second thing you should do to perform proper septic tank maintenance is conserve your water. Excessive water usage can overload the system, which can lead to various problems. Implement water-saving strategies such as fixing leaks promptly, using high-efficiency fixtures, spacing out laundry loads, and avoiding prolonged water usage. Conserving water reduces strain on the system, allowing it to function efficiently.

Lastly, proper waste disposal significantly impacts your septic system’s health. Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items, chemicals, grease, oil, medications, and other harmful substances. Flushing any of these items can lead to clogs in your pipes or even sewage backups. Make sure any household cleaning products are marked as septic safe before pouring down your drains or toilets to avoid damaging your system.

These three septic tank maintenance practices can help increase the efficiency of your system and reduce unnecessary problems. The best thing you can do for your septic system is to be proactive. Schedule regular inspections and maintenance to keep your tank in great condition.