Although millions of homeowners rely on their septic systems to handle their wastewater, many of them do not pay close attention to these systems or take care of them as they should. Although there is a lot of effort that goes into caring for these systems, not doing so could mean replacing the septic system way before you are supposed to. By taking a few basic steps, you can ensure that the septic system serves you as long as possible, so you can avoid having to replace it prematurely.
Understand Your System
It is difficult to care for your septic system if you do not know how it works. Take the time to understand how much volume it holds, where it is located, how old it is, and the last time it was serviced.
Follow A Pumping and Cleaning Timetable
To increase the life of your septic tank, it needs to be pumped and cleaned regularly. Your septic system’s pumping needs depend on factors that vary from system to system. These factors include the number of people living in your home, how much water and waste you discharge, as well as the tank’s size. All of these factors are taken into account to decide when your tank should be pumped and cleaned.
It is important to set a reminder to ensure the system is pumped when the timetable says it is due. It is very important that you follow this timetable and do not be lax about getting the tank pumped and cleaned. If you fail to follow the timetable, you could run into several issues, including slow drainage, sewage backing up into your house, and issues flushing in the home. If you notice these and other signs your septic tank needs cleaning, do not try to do it yourself at this point and instead call a professional to clean it for you.
Ensure That it is Accessible
Septic tanks are often located somewhere out on the property where they are out of sight and out of mind. This makes it difficult to access them when you need the system cleaned and maintained. It is important that your septic tank lid can be opened easily for inspections and cleaning, and the surrounding areas kept clean and clear.
Plan Changes Carefully
Before you make any changes to your property, you need to ensure that you know exactly where the septic tank and its systems are located. Digging around or making changes to your property without this information could lead to damage that necessitates new equipment or even a new tank.
It is also advisable to get in touch with your local health agency to see which laws and regulations govern what you can do on your property and how close you can get to the septic tank without the new developments becoming a health concern.
If you own a septic system, you should take care of it to ensure it serves you as long as possible. Getting the system reinstalled will be expensive, and you might want to hold on to the system you have for as long as possible.