Septic System Maintenance Tips

Septic System Maintenance Tips

Septic systems should be inspected yearly to ensure your on-site sewage system is running safely and efficiently. Septic systems are made up of two important parts; the septic tank and the drain field. All your home’s wastewater (from toilets, showers, sinks, and laundry) flows into the septic tank where effluent (water) and scum (fats and grease) separate. Effluent regularly exits the septic tank into the drain field where it is naturally filtered by bacteria and reenters the ground water. Regular inspection and pumping will extend the life of your septic system, prevent unnecessary maintenance costs, and preserve surrounding water and ground quality. Call ProGuard Property Services in Western North Carolina today for septic system inspections, pumping, and repairs!

Do :

  • Inspect yearly
  • Pump as needed – generally every 3-5 years
  • Keep maintenance records
  • Conserve water
  • Address problems with a certified technician

Don’t :

  • Don’t put the following in your septic system:
    • Fat, grease, coffee grounds, egg, or nut shells
    • Feminine pads and tampons, diapers, or condoms
    • Rags or paper towels
    • Motor oils or fuels
    • Cigarettes
    • Paint or other chemicals
  • Don’t put traffic off your drain field as this can damage pipes
  • Don’t cover your drain field with anything except grass so oxygen can break down sewage
  • Don’t put poisonous cleaners into your tank as this can cause ground and water contamination
  • Don’t use a garbage disposal as this can add grease and require more frequent tank cleanings
  • Don’t drain hot tub water into your tank as this can flood the system and disturb the important septic bacteria
  • Don’t let runoff overload your drain field
  • Don’t use tank additives long term

Call the professionals at ProGuard Property Services today if your Western North Carolina property experiences any of the following warning signs of septic system failure:

  • Odors, wet spots, or visible sewage
  • Backups in plumbing or septic tank
  • Gurgling sounds
  • Slow drains

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