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How to Prevent Damage to Your Septic System

How to Prevent Damage to Your Septic System

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Whether you live in the suburbs or city outskirts, routine septic maintenance is crucial for efficient wastewater disposal. Regular care is vital if you have completed a septic tank installation or are moving into a property with on-site wastewater treatment. At Septic Blue, we can help you mitigate problems and nasty surprises down the line through proper care. As a trusted septic company, we work with you throughout to extend the life of your system and prevent costly repairs. Here are effective ways to maintain an efficient and durable unit. 

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Regular Inspections and Pumping

Regular inspections and pumping are the most critical steps in septic tank repair and maintenance. Even if you can check for visual signs of deterioration, a professional should conduct a more in-depth inspection every three to five years. However, the frequency can vary depending on tank size, number of household members, and water usage. Regular inspections and septic tank pumping sessions help identify potential problems early, such as leaks or cracks in the tank, before they become significant issues. 

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Proper Waste Disposal

What goes down your drains can significantly affect your septic system. These units only handle human waste and toilet paper, but sometimes, other things make their way down your system. Avoid flushing items like diapers, sanitary napkins, wipes, and other non-biodegradable products, as these can clog the system and cause backups and frequent septic tank pumping sessions. In addition, using the garbage disposal to eliminate excessive food waste can overload the tank. It is advisable to compost food scraps or dispose of them in the trash.

Water Conservation

As mentioned, water usage is vital in determining the frequency of septic tank cleaning and pumping sessions. Excessive water use can overload your system, causing damage and costly emergencies. Implementing water conservation practices can help you maintain optimum efficiency. You can achieve this by fixing leaky faucets and toilets quickly to prevent continuous water flow into the septic tank. If necessary, spread out laundry and dishwasher loads throughout the week to avoid overwhelming the system and frequent septic tank

Protect the Drain Field

The drain field is essential to your septic system, as it filters wastewater before it returns to the groundwater. This is also a vulnerable component that is easily damaged. Avoid planting trees and shrubs nearby if you don’t want costly emergencies such as a complete septic tank installation. Also, don’t drive or park vehicles on the drain field, as the weight can compact the soil and damage the pipes. During routine inspections, hire a septic company to ensure that downspouts and other drainage systems direct water away from the drain field, enhancing the system’s ability to filter wastewater properly.

By following these preventive measures, you can extend the life of your septic system and avoid costly repairs. Contact us at Septic Blue and schedule a consultation with our experts for regular inspections, proper waste disposal, water conservation, and routine septic tank cleaning for a healthy and efficient septic system.

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