Septic System Maintenance

Septic system maintenance is easy! Septic tanks and the related drain field areas are designed to work without interference.

Follow these tips and it will be years before you have to call septic and drain services to repair your system.

Pump the tank regularly. Pumping for good septic tank maintenance requires calling septic and drain services, but it will be worth it. Pumping need not be frequent; every 2 to 5 years is often enough. More frequent pumping may be required if there are a large number of people in the home or if garbage disposals are used. Expect to pay anywhere from $200 and up for a pumping service.
 
Pumping the tank regularly is the best way to avoid the need for other, often more costly, repairs.


 

 

 

Conserve water. Fix all leaks, particularly toilet leaks, and try to space water usage. For example, try not to do all the laundry at one time.

Landscaping. Keep trees with deep roots away from the drain field and do not add extra soil to the drain field area. Do not pave or build over the tank or drain field, either.

Do not park vehicles on the drain field or tank area.
 
Do not dump coffee grounds, fats, oils, solvents such as paint thinner, pesticides, and paper items down the drain. This includes tissues, diapers, cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, etc.

Do not overuse bleaches, detergents and other household cleaners. In particular, do not overuse anti-bacterial cleaners, as they will destroy the bacteria necessary for the septic tank to work properly.

With proper maintenance, your septic tank should last 20 to 30 years.

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