Septic Tank Maintenance Tips

Septic tank maintenance prevents overflow and clogs and keeps the system functioning as designed. Occasionally pumping the tank is important to reduce the risk of plumbing issues and damage to the tank. A malfunctioning or blocked septic tank causes environmental and plumbing risks. Let’s look at a few tips for septic tank maintenance.

Efficient Water Use

Using water sparingly plays an important role in improving the function of your septic tank. Too much water will overload the tank and increase the likelihood of problems from a backed-up system. Take steps to save water. You’ll lower utility bills and reduce septic tank maintenance costs.

Septic Tank Maintenance Includes Regular Inspections

The septic tank should be inspected every three years. Hire a professional to do the job. During the inspection process, the contractor will identify damage and potential problems that might compromise the efficiency of your septic tank. Regular inspections help prevent major problems and costly repairs.

No Garbage Down the Drains

Don’t use the garbage disposal to dispose of everything. Food scraps should be composted instead of washed down the drains. The toilet is not for trash, including things like facial tissues, baby wipes, cat litter, and paper towels. Keep garbage out of your septic system to lessen the solid materials in the tank.

Keep Shrubs and Trees Away from the Tank

Deep-rooted trees and shrubs can cause major damage to a septic tank. Roots can cause cracks in the tank and may clog pipes. Large trees near the septic tank can cause problems due to increased weight around the tank and drain field.

Don’t Put Weight On Top of the Tank

Heavy materials above the tank can cause damage and reduce the functionality of the septic system. Don’t park on the septic tank or build an outbuilding there. As with large trees, the excess weight will damage septic pipes and compromise the drain field.

Pumping is Necessary for Septic Tank Maintenance

Pumping your tank is essential to improve its lifespan and efficiency. Have your septic tank drained every three to five years. Hire a professional company to guarantees that the tank is pumped properly.

Signs of Problems With the Septic System

Regular maintenance is necessary to keep your home’s septic system functioning well. Call a professional if you notice any of the following issues.

  • Soggy areas or stagnant water near the drain field
  • Sinks, bathtubs, and showers that drain slowly
  • Drains and toilets are backing up
  • A gurgling sound in your plumbing system
  • Odor around the drain field and septic tank

Inadequate septic tank maintenance will lead to water and soil pollution. A septic tank has a long operational lifespan, especially if it’s maintained properly.

TMK Inspections provides home inspections to customers in Southeast Pennsylvania. If you’re buying or selling a home, contact us to schedule an appointment.