Tips for Stress-Free Septic Tank Maintenance

A septic tank can be a cost-effective and environmentally friendly way to dispose of your household waste. Buried underground, and filtering the material from your home into an outlying drainage field, septic tanks are efficient and generally require little upkeep to continue to work properly.

Even so, there are some steps that homeowners can take to ensure that their septic tank remains safe and fully functioning for years to come. After all, no one wants to have a problem with their waste disposal system! And not properly caring for your septic system can result in expensive repairs and an unwanted mess.

So before you install a septic tank on your property, keep the following tips in mind, A little vigilance in maintaining your septic tank on a regular basis will prevent you from running into any major problems down the road.


Follow These Maintenance Tips to Avoid Problems with Your Septic Tank

Start with a solid tank

Not all septic tanks are created equal, and a well-built tank will provide years of use as opposed to one made with subpar materials.

Look into modern septic tank designs, like Rotoplas’ new line of septic tanks. They utilize lightweight materials that can both handle the pressure of being underground, but are less prone to cracks and leaks than their concrete counterparts.

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Pump your tank once each year

An annual inspection and septic tank pumping can prevent problems with build-up or blockage well before it has a chance to occur. Odors, wet spots, or remnants of surfacing sewage are all indicators that the tank needs to be pumped, and there may be a larger issue at hand.

So if you can’t recall the last time that your tank was pumped, chances are that it is time.


Check the drain field regularly as well

Periodically, make sure to examine the drain field for potential wet spots and odors that may indicate an issue.


Conserve when possible

The less water you use, the less pressure is put on your septic system.

To lengthen the life of your septic system:

  • Take shorter showers
  • Turn off faucets while brushing your teeth and lathering hands with soap
  • Do fewer laundry loads
  • Make other small adjustments (like using water saver function of the dishwasher)


Watch what you put down the drain

A number of materials can cause blockages at various points of your septic system, and can hinder its ability to filter waste materials.

Avoid putting the following down the disposal, sinks and toilets and eventually into your septic tank:

  • Fats or grease
  • Motor oils
  • Sanitary napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Paints or chemicals
  • Coffee grounds
  • Egg shells

This way you will avoid a potential blockage issue. In addition, certain cleaners – like floor cleaners or drain cleaners – can kill healthy and essential bacteria in the septic tank, and can contaminate the ground and surface water.



Keep accurate records after installation

A diagram or map of your system that lists dimensions as well as where all components are located, such as the drainage field and the tank itself, can come in handy in case there is a future problem.

Here are some helpful tips BEFORE you install your septic system:


Above all else, use common sense and care when it comes to using your septic system. With conservation and an effort to keep bulky items out of the drain, your septic tank can stay healthy for years to come.


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Tips for Stress-Free Septic Tank Maintenance
Proper maintenance of your septic system can keep it running for years and prevent problems. Read on for maintenance tips to extend the life of your system.

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