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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.

Ways to Prevent Problems That Can Lead to Septic Tank Replacement

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:

  • septic tank replacementOnly 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.