4 Things You Should Know About Septic Tank Maintenance

Posted on: 10 December 2015


When it comes to home maintenance, there are probably plenty of things that immediately come to your mind: changing the pipes on your plumbing system, repainting your home, or landscaping your lawn. However, if you are one of the many owners of a septic tank system, there is plenty that you should know about how to maintain your septic system. Throughout the course of this brief article, you will learn about 4 things you should definitely know about when it comes to septic tank and system maintenance.

The Location Of Your System

Believe it or not, there are plenty of people who own a septic tank system and do not know of its precise location on their property. It is absolutely imperative that you know where your septic tank system is in relation to your lawn. Not only does this make for maintenance of the septic system less of a hassle whenever you have a professional clean the system, it will also create less of a problem when you must make substantive changes to your property or lawn and will lessen the phenomenon of an accident occurring and the septic tank or system at large being damaged.

Drainfield Issues

It is absolutely imperative that you do not build anything over the tank or drainfield on your lawn. It is necessary that the drainfield be given room to breathe and, in addition, the soil above the tank is much weaker than the rest of your lawn. Not only does this mean that no permanent structures can be built on top of the drainfield, but you should avoid driving anything heavy over the drainfield itself. This cannot only damage your lawn, but it also can damage the septic system in general, which is not necessarily an easy or inexpensive fix. It is also recommended that you do not place anything over the drainfield that is a temporary structure, either, such as a shed or trampoline.

Have Your Tank Cleaned

It is imperative that you have your tank cleaned by a group of licensed and trusted professionals approximately once every 3 to 5 years. Depending on how often you use your septic tank, however, you might find that it may need a cleaning more often than that, but rarely does a tank need to be cleaned on a yearly basis. Having the tank cleaned will ensure that sludge will not enter the drainfield, effectively ruining the entirety of your septic system and causing you a number of logistical and financial woes. It is imperative to know that they are disposing of the waste in concordance with guidelines imposed by the EPA and TCEQ.

Do Not Use Additives

Additives are often times advertised as a quick fix for whatever is ailing your septic system. They might claim that they work by dissolving items that should not be in your septic tank in the first place. First and foremost, you should not be flushing anything down your system that is not toilet tissue. Secondly, these additives do not work as they are advertised and are often times quite detrimental to your septic system and especially your tank. They have a high acidic content, which can eat away at the lining of your septic system and cause sludge to back up into your drainfield. Avoid additives at all costs.

Your septic system should be taken care of much like you would take care of many other parts of your home. Like all other portions of your home, you must make sure that the system is adequately maintained over time. Make sure that you have a professional check out your system once every 3 to 5 years and that you don't place anything down your septic drains that is not waste or toilet tissue. Hopefully, this brief guide has given you some idea of how to go about maintaining your system. Contact a septic contractor like SOS Septic Inc for more information.