Creating A Septic System Long Term Maintenance Plan

There are many benefits of utilizing a septic system. Most of all, once you install your system, there’s very little maintenance required to keep it functioning properly.

Municipal sewer systems typically come with a monthly or annual usage / utility fee. However, the only recurring costs homeowners incur when they use a septic system is sporadic maintenance.

Modern septic tanks, (especially lightweight poly material), are designed to stand up to cracks, corrosion, rust, and other eroding factors that can deteriorate a dated concrete septic tank or sewer system. And with a smart maintenance plan, homeowners can enjoy healthy wastewater disposal that lasts for years and years without issue.

You’ll want to have a maintenance plan in place for your septic system so that your tank, drainage field, and plumbing lasts for as long as possible.

Want to ensure that your septic system performs at its best in the years to come?

Then keep the following guidelines in mind to create a maintenance plan that will enhance the functionality and lifespan of your system.


What Your Septic System Maintenance Plan Should Entail

When it comes to septic tank maintenance, there are two things you’ll need to do on a long-term basis — cleaning and inspecting.

1. Septic cleaning

Septic tank cleaning, or pumping, occurs every few years and essentially entails pumping out excess material from the depths of your septic tank.

As your system is used over the years, solid materials tend to settle to the bottom of the tank. And over time, this sludge can accumulate and eventually lead to overflow.

Luckily, pumping is an easy process that:

  • takes only an hour or two to complete
  • requires no damage to your yard or drainage field
  • only has to be performed generally every 3-5 years


2. Septic inspections

Septic inspections should also be performed every few years, depending on the age of your system. During a septic inspection, your professional contractor will monitor the levels, associated debris, and other factors to confirm that all is in working order.

For both of these tasks, homeowners will need to make sure the septic tank, and especially the lid to the septic tank, is accessible. Otherwise, both maintenance items should only take a couple of hours at most, with little to no affect on your yard and property.


How to Determine the Frequency of Septic Tank Pumping and Inspections

It’s important to determine a proper timeline for when to perform or schedule regular pumping and inspections.

Here are some factors that go into how often you need to schedule these maintenance tasks:

Size of your household

Generally speaking, if you have a small family or live by yourself, you will not need to pump your tank as often as those who have more people in a household.

Hence families of four people or more will generally need to schedule maintenance tasks more often. Meanwhile couples and individuals can likely get away with scheduling pumping every five years or so.


Your wastewater production

Like household size, your wastewater production ultimately determines how often you should pump your septic tank.

Do you use your shower, washer, dishwasher, sinks, and other water-based fixtures on a daily basis or in large quantities?

You’ll need to schedule regular pumping more frequently than if you take conscious steps to conserve water regularly.


The amount of solid waste

Do you use your garbage disposal regularly?

Or maybe you have a tendency to send larger objects and items down the drains?

The build-up in your tank will naturally accumulate faster. As such, it may need more frequent pumping.

So to mitigate this factor, try to avoid putting anything down the drain other than toilet tissue. This is a good rule of thumb to live by, regardless, for the overall health of your system.


The age of your system

Is your septic tank and system is 20-years-old or more?

You’ll likely want to increase the frequency of your septic system inspections to catch any potential issues before they become a major emergency. This is especially true for households that use dated concrete tanks, which have been known to crack and corrode over time.


Once you have your maintenance plan in place, all it takes is a few notes on the calendar to ensure that septic system maintenance stays on your radar for the long term. You only need a little effort and maintenance that generally occurs every couple of years at most. Taking care of your septic system is an easy endeavor that requires just a bit of planning, and not much else.

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