The Basics of Septic Tank Maintenance

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Regular septic tank maintenance is vital because it keeps you, your family, and your neighbors healthy and protects the environment. Besides that, it saves you money in the long run, since it costs less than major repairs and early replacements. It can also protect your property, since homebuyers will shy away from septic systems that need work.

The Basics of Septic Tank Maintenance

What’s involved with septic tank maintenance?

  • Pumping: This is an important part of regular septic tank maintenance. The timing can range from every three to five years, depending on the size of the home, water usage, and wastewater quality. When septic systems aren’t maintained, the tank, pipes, and drain field can get clogged.
  • Inspections: These can be scheduled more often and are a good way to address problems that could lead to clogs and other issues down the road. Our inspectors will look at your sludge levels, check any standing water, see if there are any cracks, and ensure that the connections are secure.
  • Doing your part: Avoid pouring grease and oil down your drains, and don’t flush diapers, paper towels, or anything else that’s not human waste down your toilets. Another part of septic tank maintenance is keeping the system free of pesticides, medications, and paint or cleaning products. These can all slow down or destroy beneficial soil bacteria and pollute groundwater. And remember to protect your drain field–never park on it or place structures (like sheds) on it, and plant trees far away from it.

Here at Clark Septic, we can set up your septic tank maintenance schedule and do the work so you won’t have to worry about it. Contact us today to learn more.