As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to maintain your septic system. Proper maintenance is the only way to protect this expensive investment. Your septic system should be inspected by a professional every 3 to 5 years and, if necessary, a pump out will be recommended. Remember, a faulty system can contaminate groundwater, which could also be a source of drinking water, so your system must be in good working order.
If correctly designed, installed and maintained, your septic system will give effective, long-term treatment of your household wastewater. If it is not well-maintained, you could end up spending thousands of dollars on unnecessary septic tank replacement.
Below are some ways to use water efficiently and reduce the possibility of premature septic tank replacement:
- Only use as much water as you need when you fill the bathtub.
- While brushing your teeth or shaving, turn the faucets off.
- Run the clothes washer and dishwasher only when they are full.
- Do not flush diapers, cat litter and other trash down the toilet.
- When not in use, ensure all faucets are properly turned off.
- Have aerators installed in all kitchen and bathroom faucets.
- Have your plumbing system maintained to eliminate leaks.
- Replace old clothes washers, dishwashers and toilets with high-efficiency models.
- Never dispose of chemicals down toilets or sinks.
- Avoid parking or driving on your drain field.
- Plant only grass near or over the drain field. Roots from shrubs or trees can clog and damage the drain field and ultimately lead to septic tank replacement.