Your septic system is an important part of your home, responsible for disposing of waste and treating your groundwater to avoid contamination. Proper maintenance is important to keep your system functioning properly, but, unfortunately, every septic system has a lifespan, which is usually about 20 years. Although there’s nothing you can do to stop your septic system from eventually breaking down, with some extra effort and care, you can extend its lifespan significantly. We’ve compiled a list of tips that can help!
Conduct Annual Inspections
Professional inspections can help keep your septic system in good working order. Especially in older systems, these inspections can help you identify issues early on. When you catch these issues when they’re small, you can make adjustments and repairs before they turn into big, costly issues. Professional septic system inspections are the best way to catch damage early on and ensure that your system is in good working order.
Follow the Pumping Schedule
Septic tanks need to be pumped out regularly, typically somewhere between 3-5 years. The frequency at which your tank needs to be pumped depends on different factors including average use, the size of the tank, and the age of your system. With this information, you can use timetables to help you figure out the optimal pumping schedule for your tank. When you figure out this schedule, be sure to stick to it to avoid damage to your system and optimal functionality.
Understand Your System
In order to properly take care of your system, it’s important to know the specifics. First and foremost, you should know where your tank and drain field are located to make monitoring and maintenance easy. You should know how many gallons the tank holds and when you pumped it last. You should also hold on to the original plans when installing the tank, its permits, and all record of maintenance. Keeping track of this information will help you gain insight into your system and the right maintenance tactics for the future.
Divert Water Away From Your Drain Field
You should do your best to divert water from roof drains, house footing drains, sump pumps, and other drains around your home. When too much water travels into your drain field, it can flood, causing it to be less effective or even fail. For this reason, it’s important to avoid draining unnecessary water into your drain field.
Conserve Water in Your Home
When you do your best to conserve water in your home, your septic system will thank you. Using too much water can lead to an overworked system that could be damaged. You can even flood the system, leading to permanent failure. To avoid these issues, take small steps to conserve water in your home such as fixing leaks, turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, and running only full loads of dishes and clothing. When you conserve water in your home, you can help extend the life of your septic system.
Watch What You Flush
When you have a septic system, nothing should travel to the tank other than water, waste, and toilet paper. Avoid flushing non-flushable items such as diapers, tampons, food, and hair. These items can lead to clogs in your pipes that can damage your septic system. When these clogs go untreated, they can even cause pipes to burst. To ensure a healthy septic system with a long life, you should be careful what you flush down the toilet and other drains.
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A.D.B. Construction & Septic Corp. is a septic services business in Manchester, CT. We proudly serve residential and commercial customers all over Hartford County and beyond with a full slate of services. With over 20 years of experience, we have completed countless projects of all scopes and sizes. Needless to say, there is nothing we can’t do when it comes to septic tanks, sewer systems, basement waterproofing, drains, and more.
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