Key Elements of Septic System Maintenance

Septic system maintenance

Septic systems are an economical way of treating and disposing of household water in areas without centralised sewer systems. But for your septic system to be highly efficient, it’s important that it be properly designed, installed and maintained. Websites such as explain that there are four things to remember when it comes to maintenance.

Frequent inspection and pumping

A septic service expert should inspect your household septic system at least every three years. However, your system should be checked each year if your system has an electrical float switch, pump or mechanical components.

How often you pump your septic tank will depend on the size of your household and septic tank, the waste-water you generate, and the volume of solids in that waste-water. Most household septic tanks need pumping every 3 to 5 years.

Efficient water use

All the water that enters your pipes ends up in your septic system. Efficient water use will enhance the operation of your system and lower the risk of failure. You can save water if you invest in high-efficiency toilets and shower-heads and use your washing machine efficiently.

Proper waste disposal

What you flush down your toilet and pour down the sink, bath or shower affects how well the septic system functions. Only human waste and toilet paper should be flushed. You should never pour grease, oils, paints or solvents down the drain.

Drain-field maintenance

The septic tank absorption field is a critical component of the septic system. It removes contaminants from the liquid that comes from the septic tank. You should never drive or park on the field or plant trees near the area. This part of the septic system should also be a safe distance from roof drainage systems.

Your septic system can’t work well over time without regular maintenance. Regular pumping will help prevent solids from going to the drain field. Also, make good use of water and dispose of your waste appropriately.