3 Septic Maintenance Tips

Regularly maintaining your septic system can save you money, protect the value of your home and avoid potential safety issues. These three septic maintenance tips can help keep your septic system in good condition.

1. Inspect and Pump

It is recommended that you contact septic service Orlando for an inspection at least once every three years. Most tanks should be pumped once every three to five years. Systems that utilize electrical float switches, mechanical components or pumps may need an inspection every year. How often you should have your system inspected and pumped will vary depending upon your household size, the volume of solids in wastewater, septic tank size and the amount of wastewater generated.

2. Dispose of Waste Properly

Your septic tank will function better if you do not dispose of anything in your garbage disposal, sink, bath or toilet that should not go in the septic tank. Avoid flushing cooking grease, baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, kitty litter and other items that are not toilet paper or human waste down your toilet. Do not use chemicals that may kill the bacteria that break down waste in your septic, such as drain openers. Limit your use of the garbage disposal to avoid an excess buildup of fats, grease and solids that can clog your tank.

3. Avoid Damaging Your Drainfield

The drainfield is the part of your septic system that decontaminates the liquid that comes out of your septic system. You should be careful not to park your car or drive over your drainfield. Avoid planting trees too close to the drainfield, because the roots can damage the septic system. Make sure your roof drains do not drain into your drainfield area because the water from your drains can interfere with the wastewater treatment process. 

Your septic system is an important component of your home. Including these three tips in your septic maintenance plan can help you avoid costly septic system repairs.