Protect Your Septic: What You Need To Know About Your Septic System

Posted on: 10 October 2019


When it comes to your residential septic system, there are some things that you need to know. In fact, where your septic system is concerned, what you don't know can cause serious problems. Luckily, with the proper care, your septic system will serve you well for a great many years. Here's some information that you need to know about your residential septic system. 

You Need Septic Service

If you want to keep your septic system running smoothly, it's going to require the right maintenance and care. Depending on the amount of use your septic system receives, you might not need to have it pumped more than once every three to five years. However, your system will require additional services beyond the routine pumping. To avoid problems with your septic, you should actually have the drains cleaned about once a year. It's also a good idea to have the system inspected each time you have the drains cleaned. This is particularly important if you notice problems between each septic pumping. 

Your Septic Field is Fragile

When your septic system was installed, it was attached to a septic field or seepage pit. This septic field is where all the liquid waste is stored while it filters through to the soil. It might not seem like much, but your septic field is a crucial part of the system. It's also a fragile part. Without proper care and protection, your septic field will fail, which will spell disaster for your entire septic system. To protect your fragile septic field, never park your cars over the area. You should also avoid placing above-ground swimming pools or play equipment over the area. The weight and vibration will cause the field to collapse. 

You Need Sturdy Septic Covers

Each time your septic tanks are emptied, your service provider will inspect the covers. If your service provider identifies damage to the covers, it's important to have them replaced as soon as possible. Damaged septic covers pose serious risks to your home and to your septic system. First, cracked septic covers will allow pests to gain access to the tanks, which will give them access to your home. Second, damaged covers can collapse under the pressure, which will cause your septic tanks to fill with dirt. Avoid those problems by replacing your covers at the first sign of damage.

Protect your investment. Use the tips provided here to provide your septic system with the service it requires. For questions or concerns, or to schedule a service call, contact a residential septic services provider in your area.