Your septic system is an integral part of your property. It allows you to properly remove and store wastewater, as well as restore much-needed water to the surrounding water table. However, without proper care, your septic system can become susceptible to backups and can present environmental concerns to the surrounding area.
Fortunately, caring for your septic system is a relatively simple and inexpensive task. With the proper maintenance, you can avoid costly problems and ensure the continued health of your system. Mr. Rooter of Bergen County recommends the following steps:
Perform Regular Inspections
Have your septic system inspected at least every three years—more often if you have mechanical elements such as a pump or float switch. Your inspector will view all components, inspect for leaks, and assess the scum and sludge layers. With proper inspection records, you’ll know when to schedule your cleaning services.
Pump Your System
The state of New Jersey recommends household septic system cleanings every three to five years. However, regular inspections will help you determine whether your system requires pumping on a more regular basis. Without regular pumping, waste will begin to flow into your drain field, requiring excavation and repairs.
Watch What You Dump and Flush
Avoid disposing of anything besides waste and toilet paper in your septic system. Never flush items such as baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, or chemicals; similarly, avoid dumping cooking oils, coffee grounds, and chemicals down your sink drain. These items can cause clogs and disrupt the natural biological processes that keep your septic system healthy and functional.
Keep Your Drain Field Clear
A healthy septic system depends on a clear drain field to help remove contaminants from your wastewater. Avoid parking on your drain field and keep it clear of other structures and debris. In addition, be sure to plant trees and bushes an appropriate distance away. Keep other drainage elements, like roof drains and sump pumps, clear of your drain field as well.
Maintaining your septic system according to the tips above should keep it in proper, healthy order for years to come. For all your septic maintenance and pumping needs, contact Mr. Rooter of Bergen County.