Pumping a septic system regularly can extend its lifespan immensely. Preventive maintenance is a lot cheaper and easier than necessary repairs later on. Constant care to your septic system is essential to prevent system failure.
Septic system maintenance should begin where the process starts; indoors. Make sure you and anyone else in your home uses water efficiently and flushes responsibly. You should check your toilets and sinks for running water or leaky faucets, and try to install water saving appliances wherever possible.
There are many products that people believe can be flushed down the toilet, but they actually can cause major problems to your septic system. These include, paper towels, personal hygiene products, cotton swabs, condoms, disposable diapers, dental floss, cat litter and cigarette butts. You should also avoid putting hazardous chemicals down the drains such as paint, paint thinners, cleaners, oil, cooking fat and pesticides.
To keep your septic system in tip-top shape, you should have it inspected at a minimum of every three years and pumped every three to five years. The area around the tank and drainfield should be monitored regularly. Sudden changes in the settling of the ground can cause flooding or sinkholes, causing damage to your septic system.
Know exactly where your septic tank and drainfield are located. Mark the area with permanent stakes and keep this information for your home records. Be sure to keep heavy vehicles, livestock and equipment off of the septic system area.