Homeowners: Always Know This Information About Your Septic System

Owning and maintaining a septic system is a relatively easy endeavor. Septic systems are durable and easy to maintain and use. This is especially true if you utilize a modern septic tank designed with lightweight but heavy-duty materials, like high density polyethylene.

However, there are a few essential facts that all homeowners need to know about their septic system. Having this information will ensure that it continues to work properly for years.

Are you building a new home with a septic system, or buying a home with an existing septic system?

Make sure you have these facts stored away to address any questions, issues, or regular maintenance tasks in the future.

Five Facts to Know About Your Own Septic System

1. The age of your septic tank

Knowing the age of your septic tank is essential, as it will give you a good idea of when to expect a replacement.

A solidly built tank can last roughly 30 or 40 years. But this number goes down if it’s made with poor quality concrete or other substandard materials.

If you’re building a home from the ground up, make note of the date that the tank was installed.

If you’re buying an existing home, check with the homeowner or your realtor to determine the age of the tank.


2. The location of your septic tank – and drain field

Knowing where your septic tank and drain field are located on your property is a must for a number of reasons.

For one thing, it will prevent you from accidentally placing heavy equipment or vehicles on top of the drain field or tank, which can damage the system.

And for another, it will make ensuing maintenance tasks over the years – like inspections or septic tank pumping – much easier.

You can check with your builder or realtor for this information. Or you can get a survey of your property which will also outline where, exactly, your system and drain field are situated.


3. When your septic system, (and especially your drain field), was installed

Like your septic tank, your drain field does not last forever. And at some point, you may need to do some excavation or maintenance to ensure that the material just beneath the surface can filter your wastewater properly.

In addition, it’s also helpful to know when your septic system as a whole was installed, (and not just the tank itself). This way you can keep an eye out for wear and tear on the pipes and plumbing. These important and fragile parts carry waste water from the home, and disperse it into your local environment.


4. Your last septic tank pumping

A septic tank should be pumped every 2-5 years.

This varies by a wide range of factors such as the size of your household and the amount of use. It even includes factors like foreign materials (food products, heavy paper products, or chemicals and household cleanersdown the drain .

Many folks can’t remember the last time their septic tank had a pumping. And as a result, they have gone years without performing this crucial maintenance task. So make a note of the date and set a calendar reminder the next time you need a septic tank pumping.

And if you are buying a home, find out from the original homeowner when the last septic tank pumping was performed.


5. Your last septic tank inspection

A septic tank inspection is another regular maintenance task. It is especially important for older systems and tanks that may be due for a replacement in the next few years.

A septic inspection can help identify potential issues before they become legitimate septic emergencies. As such, they can provide plenty of peace of mind for a homeowner. So schedule an inspection if you can’t recall the last time one was performed. And plan on a future inspection roughly 3-5 years afterwards.


Maintaining your septic system is relatively simple. And many homeowners who are new to septic systems are surprised at how easy it is to keep your tank and system running smoothly for the long haul.

Just make note of essential dates like when was your system’s installation, its recent pumping, and latest inspection. These activities will ensure that you enjoy continual use for years to come.

By saving these dates and proceeding with any maintenance tasks accordingly, you can add years to the life of your septic system, while avoiding any costly septic emergencies.

Need to upgrade to a modern septic tank, or maybe adding a septic system to a new home? Contact us to find the right tank for your home.

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