Save Your Septic System

Posted on April 16, 2020

Think of all the different times today you used water to wash your hands, flush the toilet, take a shower, and wash something in the kitchen sink. Now multiply that by the number of people in your home.

If you rely on a septic tank to dispose of wastewater, it’s obvious your tank is constantly being used, which is why regular maintenance is important in order for the tank to perform at its best and prevent problems down the road.

Here are a few tips that will extend the life of your septic system.

  • Have your tank pumped regularly. The frequency of which your tank needs to be pumped depends on different factors, especially the size of the tank and the number of people living in your home, but a good rule of thumb is every 3 to 5 years.
  • Inspect the tank annually. Annual professional inspections are the best way to keep your septic system in good working order and ensure little problems don’t turn into big messes.
  • Know the location of your tank. Knowing the location of your septic tank and drainage field will make it easier to monitor and maintain both. If you’re unsure of your tank’s exact location, you can obtain the information from your city or county office.
  • Use Water Efficiently. Taking small steps to conserve water in your home, like installing low-flow toilets and nozzles, turning off the faucet while you brush your teeth, and running only full loads of dishes and clothing, will result in less wastewater entering your tank. That can help extend the life of your septic system.
  • Maintain the drain field. In order for your septic tank to function properly, it needs to drain into your drain field, which is why the field must also be carefully maintained. So, avoid parking cars over it and draining unnecessary water onto it.

Proper maintenance of your septic tank can help extend the life of your system, saving you money on costly repairs. If you’re looking for proficient and professional help, you can count on the skilled plumbing team at Raider Rooter. We’ve been providing South Florida with reliable, affordable, and high-quality plumbing services for over 40 years. 

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