Septic Systems

How to Care for Your Septic System

Whether you live in a rural area or an open plan beach house, you’ve got to be aware of how your septic system works. But, that’s not the half of it. A septic system comes with the responsibility of learning how to care about it. However, maintenance isn’t complicated or costly. Here are some key elements you have to consider when caring for your septic tank/ system.

 Regular Pumping and Inspection

You should ensure that your septic tank system is inspected every three years. Even though inspection isn’t a complicated process, you should ensure that a professional service does it. Other parts, such as mechanical components, pumps, or float switches, need more regular inspection.

When pumping your septic system, you will have to consider the amount of solids in the wastewater, the size of your tank, the amount of wastewater, and the household’s size.

 Efficient Usage of Water

All the water sent down the drain in a home will eventually end up in a septic tank. The more water used, the more gets sent to the septic system. However, when a household uses water more efficiently, the septic system is less likely to fail and work more efficiently. While looking to use water more efficiently, there are a few accessories you can utilize. Let’s look at some of them below:

 Usage of high-efficiency showerheads and flow restrictors

Using these accessories will reduce the amount of water that gets into your septic tank or system.

  • Using high-efficiency toilets

Replace old model toilets with high-efficiency toilets that use less water during flushing.

  • Do less laundry

Avoid doing smaller loads of laundry on large load cycles. Instead, you want to spread your machine’s use throughout the week as this will ensure your system has more time to treat waste.

Proper Disposal of Waste

Your septic system will carry a lot of the garbage that you send to it. Consequently, the amount of garbage you send down your drain will affect how well your system works. To ensure that you are disposing of waste properly, you have to avoid flushing garbage down your toilet or letting waste pass through your drain.

Ensure You’ve Got a Well-maintained Drainfield

Here’s how to maintain a properly working drain field:

– Don’t plant trees anywhere near your drain field. If you do, you risk overgrown trees into your septic tank.

– Don’t drive or park cars on or near your drain field.


Caring for your septic system is not a complex process. However, you need to ensure that service is only done by a skilled professional. Taking proper care of your septic tank will give it a longer lifespan and ensure it works more efficiently.