4 Tips for a Healthy Septic System

septic system maintenance

Have your Septic Inspected and Pumped Regularly

The average septic pump should be inspected every three years. However, if you have a more complicated system that contains a submersible pump, you should have it inspected annually.

Some of the factors that impact the frequency of necessary septic pumping include: 

  • Size of household

  • Amount of wastewater generated

  • Volume of solids in wastewater tank

  • Size of septic tank

It is important to keep maintenance records from each time a septic professional services your system. 

Use Water Efficiently

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the average single-family home consumes 70 gallons of water per person, per day. In contrast, a single leaky or running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day. Therefore, it’s important to ensure that all of your faucets and appliances are in proper working order and are running efficiently as possible. The EPA recommends the following to help conserve water: 

  • High-efficiency toilets

  • Faucet aerators and high-efficiency shower heads

  • Smaller loads of laundry, as the large wash cycles, consume more water. Also, spread your washing throughout the week, doing all of your laundry in a single day can be harmful to your septic.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Remember, everything that goes down a drain goes into your septic! Therefore, it’s imperative to NOT use your toilet as a trashcan. This includes avoiding things such as flushable wipes and household chemicals, that could potentially harm your septic. It is also important to be conscious of what you pour down your sinks. Just because it is a liquid, doesn’t mean it should be disposed down the sink drain. Your septic system contains living organisms that help process waste, by pouring harmful chemicals or grease down your drains, these organisms may be harmed and become less effective.  

Take Care of your Drainfield

The drainfield is an important part of your septic system that helps to filter contaminants in the liquid that escapes your system. Remember the 3 P’s: 

  • Parking- You should never park or drive on your drainfield

  • Planting- Trees should be planted an appropriate distance from the drainfield, so root systems do not interfere with the septic

  • Placing- Situate any other drain systems away from the drainfield, excess water can be damaging. This includes storm drains, sump pumps and other rainwater drainage systems.