Posted on: 2 March 2017
If you live outside of the city limits, you likely have a septic system to process your household sewage and waste water. These systems use helpful bacteria to create a self-contained eco-system that gradually breaks down and processes the matter and allows it to seep into the ground surrounding your property.
In most cases, a septic system is less expensive than using a city water system. However, a septic system requires regular maintenance in order to maintain peak performance and to last as long as possible. A well-maintained septic system can last between 25 and 30 years.
What you need to do to maintain your septic system
1. Have your system inspected and pumped periodically. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, your septic system should be inspected on average of once every three years and pumped every three to five years. This can vary somewhat depending on the size of your household, how much water you use, and the size of your septic tank.
2. Be careful about what you put dispose of via your plumbing system. While no plumbing system is designed to handle disposable paper products, bulky produce, and grease, a septic system is particularly sensitive. Bleach and other cleaning agents can destroy the bacteria in the system. In addition, bulky items can clog the pipes leading to and from the system, and oil-based paints and cooking oils can create a scum on top of the tank.
3. Take good care of your drain field. The drain field is the area surrounding the septic tank where the the processed water drains gradually into the ground around your property. Take good care of this area by not parking on it (as this can damage the pipes), by not planting large trees or shrubs in this area (as the roots can penetrate the pipes), and by keeping rainwater, sump pumps, and other roof drainage systems away (since excess water can compromise the septic treatment process).
4. Conserve water. Practicing good water conservation will also help to extend the life of your system as well as help it to perform better. Do that by opting for low-flow bathroom fixtures, being diligent about checking for leaking and dripping pipes, and maximizing your laundry and dishwasher loads.
While your septic system won't last forever, you can help extend the lifespan of your system by following regular maintenance procedures, such as having your system inspected and pumped as recommended by the EPA, being careful about what you put down your drains, and taking good care of your septic drain field. For more septic tank maintenance tips, check out http://www.sosseptic.net/.Share