It can cost thousands of dollars to install a new septic system to replace one that has become inoperable from years of neglect and improper maintenance. Therefore, it makes good sense to keep your septic system as healthy as possible so you can enjoy its full lifespan. A system that’s treated right and maintained by a qualified septic company will last a long time. This means roughly 40 years for the septic tank and 50 or so years for the drain field. Quality Septic Inc. of Plant City, FL, would like to share some proven septic tips that will help give your system a long and healthy life.
Set your septic system on a schedule for maintenance based on the number of people in your home and how much time is spent at home. The typical timetable for septic cleaning is every three to five years, but it could need to be sooner with a large family.
Even if you only need cleaning every five or six years, it’s wise to have an inspection done every three years in order to catch small problems before they become larger ones. Quality Septic will work with you to devise a good pumping and maintenance schedule that’s based on your household’s drain usage and tank size.
This will help you to avoid sewage backups in your sinks, tubs and toilets and potential damage to the septic system.
Watch what you flush
Certain things should never be flushed in a toilet or put down a drain:
- Dental floss
- Feminine hygiene products
- Cat litter
- Bath oils
- Antibacterial products
Also, use water efficiently, as too much water usage at once can overload the drain field.
Protect the tank and drain field
Exterior considerations that can damage your tank and drain field include deeply rooted landscaping, water-demanding landscaping and driving over the tank or drain field.
Also, never allow livestock in the area of your septic system. Keep in mind that the drain field is generally only a few inches below the surface, so do not dig in this area.
A damaged drain field can leach harmful wastewater up into your grass and ground, creating an unsanitary health risk. It can also send dangerous contaminants into area groundwater.
The best way to keep your septic system running right
Following the helpful tips above will be a big step toward a septic system with a long, healthy and productive life. Since 1994, Quality Septic has been helping our customers with all the services they need to prevent major catastrophes. We offer:
- Septic tank pumping
- Septic tank repair & installation
- Drain field installation
- Drain field repair
- Lift station installation
- Lift station pump repair & replacement
- Grease trap cleaning & maintenance and much more.
For fast, friendly, reliable and affordable septic services, call Quality Septic (813) 754-9891 or get in touch with our handy contact form. We know all the right strategies to keep your entire septic system running as it should.