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Four Tips To Help You Avoid Costly Septic Tank Maintenance

by Jill Jenkins

If you have one of the millions of homes that are on septic systems, maintenance to your system is important. Lack of maintenance can lead to septic failures and eventually problems with plumbing in your home. These can be costly problems to repair, which is why you may want to know some things about the maintenance of your septic system. Here are some maintenance tips to help you avoid these costly problems:

1. Avoid Excessive Water Use

How much water you use can directly affect your septic system. Too much water can cause the tank to become overburdened, which can lead to serious septic system problems. It can cause solids to get into lines for the drain field and plumbing in your home. To avoid this, you water responsibly by not over using appliances like washing machines. You may also want to consider systems to help you conserve water, such as grey water irrigation.

2. Regular Pumping of Your Tank to Avoid Overburden

Pumping of your tank is another important part of regular maintenance to prevent problems. This is done when the tank becomes full of solids. The solids are removed to prevent them from getting into the lines of your plumbing and drain field. This is something that needs to be done every couple of years or before the tank becomes too full. If you have more people living in your home than what the system was designed for, you may have to do this more often and it may be a good idea to consider having a larger tank installed.

3. Inspections and Maintenance to Ensure Your Septic System is Working Properly

Regular inspections and maintenance of your septic system is also important. This is something that is often done when you have pumping done. If you have an alternative system, this may need to be done more often to ensure everything is working smoothly. You may also want to have this done if you have special components, such as drain field distribution boxes or overfill alarms. Having your system inspected can help to find problems before they become major headaches.

4. Avoiding Damage To The Drain Field Due To Collapses From Heavy Loads

There are also things that can cause damage to the drain field of your septic system, such as collapsing it with heavy loads. This can be done by driving over the septic system with a vehicle. Other causes can be things like putting an above ground pool over the drain field. To avoid this, know where the system is located and do not put any heavy objects over it.

These are some tips to help you avoid costly septic maintenance lessons. If you think your system needs pumping and maintenance, contact a septic tank specialist, such as Schlegelmilch Plumbing & Well Drilling, to help you avoid the costly problems that can come from a lack of maintenance.