Septic Maintenance

Regular Care Prevents Costly Repair!

Maintenance & Caring for Your Septic System

Septic system maintenance addresses two simple things. First, sludge that accumulates at the bottom of the septic tank must be pumped out periodically. The frequency of pumping depends on the size of the septic tank, the use it gets, and the condition of the septic system. There is no additive that you can put in the tank that will deal with the sludge — it must be pumped out. If not pumped out, the sludge will eventually overflow into the soil absorption area. This will clog the septic system and it will need to be replaced at significant expense.

The second part of septic system maintenance involves the bacteria necessary for solids digestion. If bacteria-killing products are used in the home as they usually are, the bacteria should be replenished to ensure the health of the system. If the bacteria level is too low, the solids may not be digested properly. Then solids can build up too much and overflow into the soil absorption area. This again can clog the septic system, requiring major repair or replacement.

Your septic tank could be overflowing solid material right now and you won’t know it until it blocks the soil absorption system so badly that no more drainage system is possible. This blockage takes varying lengths of time, but these things are certain regarding a neglected system:

  • it will become blocked
  • it will overflow
  • it will have an obnoxious odor
  • it will contaminate and pollute

 It may also require repair or even replacement. The first septic system “emergency” (a backup or overflow), often marks the beginning of a failing trend. Replacement costs vary, but they can be very, very expensive, especially if contaminated material needs to be removed.

If not maintained, your septic system will eventually fail, requiring excavation, repair and/or replacement. You will have to endure the expense of this work, as well as the aggravation of trucks and equipment on your property and the disruption of your yard.

Which makes sense to you? Would you drive your car 100,000 miles without an oil change?

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