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Easy Septic Tank Maintenance Tips

by Lane Hudd (2020-08-03)

A good septic tank maintenance regime is your sure fire way to make sure that it will run smoothly throughout its lifetime. Septic tanks that are well maintained can run for between 20 to 30 years but failure to do so will result in its early deterioration of the tank and the drain field which will eventually lead to expensive repairs and replacement bills.

You need to treat the septic tank the same way you treat your car; when there is regular maintenance, system checks and fluid changes you can be sure that the car will last its entire lifetime. The benefit of regular checks and maintenance is that you are able to catch any problems earlier such that you are able to fix them before they lead to system failure. This will potentially save you thousands of dollars that could have been spent in replacement costs.

Have it pumped regularly: Average homes have their septic tanks pumped out every three to five years. When you avoid regular pumping, you lead to the accumulation of solid waste and sludge that will easily leach towards the drain field; if your system must run well all drain field effluent needs to be free of solids.

Divert all access runoff from the tank: Make sure that all gutters and drainpipes are deliberately directed away from the septic tank and drain fields. By doing this you will be assisting the septic tank to treat grey water and waste effectively. Letting the runoff get into your system causes the septic tank to become hydronically overloaded and the drain field becomes oversaturated and will not operate to its full potential.

Access lids and ports should be sealed tight: There are times when water penetrates lids and ports that are sealed poorly and this easily causes problems on your septic tank. Water can easily penetrate through crevices and which finally leads to an overload on the tank and drain field becoming saturated. This leads to problems related with pressure which cause the pump to run too often so as to waste money and energy.

Routine inspection: In some states there is a requirement that every homeowner has their septic tank inspected once a year to check for all systems apart from gravity feed systems which are inspected once every three years. Checking your system regularly allows for a quick diagnosis and treatment of any problems before they lead to system failure.

Do not cover or obstruct the System in any way: All the components of the septic tank should not be covered or obstructed in any way; the common culprits are asphalt, decks, concrete, structures and framing that normally impede access to this area.

This article is penned by Nora Gwilt for Allgood Septic Service. The company is a , maintenance and