Having a septic system for your home can definitely have its advantages, such as financial and environmental, but there’s also the responsibility of its routine maintenance. A septic system is either functioning properly or it’s not, with no in-between.

Which means that your home can’t afford to have a septic tank design that will cause overflowing, resulting in a costly and messy cleanup. To help maintain the proper functions for your septic system, here are a few simple ways make sure that it stays healthy.

Inspect Your Tank Yearly

Checking your septic tank yearly can show if it needs to be pumped more often or less. Also, be sure to inspect the drain field areas for odors, wet spots or any rising sewage. You can inspect the septic tank yourself or have a septic tank professional check the levels to see whether your tank needs to be pumped more or less frequently.

Try to Conserve Your Water

Septic tanks have limitations and can handle but so much water at a time. This is because septic tanks need time to separate the solid waste from the liquid waste, then send the liquid waste to the drain field. But the less wastewater produced, the less wear and tear on your tank. To prolong your tank’s usage and prevent an increased chance of system failure:

Keep Your Tank Protected

It’s essential that your septic tank stays protected from the inside and out. To maintain your tank’s protection, adhere to these guidelines:

Do not allow these items to enter into your septic system:

Don’t poison your septic system/tank by putting these any of these items into it:

These harmful chemicals have the potential to destroy the important bacteria in your septic tank and contaminate the surrounding ground and surface water areas.

Use Environmentally and Septic–Safe Products

Get a Hydrostatic Pressure Gauge

To prevent any water from entering into your basement due to an overflow to your septic tank or an uneven flow from the drain field, you will need a hydrostatic pressure gauge. A hydrostatic pressure gauge measures the amount of hydrostatic pressure that’s flowing through your septic tank system, as well as against the foundation of your house.

This gauge also allows you to check the water pressure levels in and around your septic tank and drain field, along with the foundation surrounding your house to ensure that pressure levels are normal. Too much pressure can cause water from your septic tank to overflow and eventually seep into the cracks and gaps of your basement.

Check to See If Your Septic Tank Needs Pumping

There are four important factors to consider when deciding how frequent you should pump your septic tank:

(1) Household size,

(2) Total wastewater generated,

(3) Volume of solids in wastewater, and

(4) Septic tank size.

Typically, your septic tank should be pumped every 1-5 years.

Your septic tank has a T-shaped outlet that keeps sludge from leaving the tank, flowing towards your drain field. If your tank needs pumping it will show in one or two ways: (1) The bottom of the layer of sludge is within six inches of the bottom of the outlet, or (2) if the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet.

When it’s time to have your septic tank pumped, don’t forget to have it inspected as well; having it inspected while being pumped ensures that your entire septic system is functioning properly.

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