Approximately 25% of homeowners in the United States have chosen to have a septic system installed to manage the waste and waste water from their homes. Septic systems are a cost-effective and energy-efficient way to treat and dispose of the waste water and waste generated by your home.
It is recommended that you have your septic system pumped every two to five years, although this depends on how many people are in your household, whether you have a garbage disposal or not, and what kind of preventative steps you take to maintain your system. You should have your system inspected and checked for repair needs on an annual basis.
Septic systems are designed to last for decades, it is unlikely you will ever need to replace your septic system during the time that you own your home, unless it is many years old when you purchase it. However, there are several costly repairs that could arise with your septic system if it is not properly cared for.
Some simple steps you can take to keep your septic system is the best working order are:
- If you notice any leaking plumbing fixtures or running toilets in your home, have them repaired immediately. While these might seem like simple and unimportant issues, they can quickly escalate and as every fixture in your home is connected to your septic system, that escalation could mean malfunctions with your septic tank.
- Keep a safe buffer above and around your septic system. Do not plant trees directly over it or near it as tree roots can cause significant damage to the pipes of the leach field and the mechanisms of the tank. Do not park large RVs or other heavy equipment on top of your septic system. This can cause a shift in the soil and damage pipes and valve.
- When doing loads of laundry or dishes, make sure you are using the proper water level for the size of the load. Overwhelming your septic system with too much wasted water can cause an imbalance in the microbiotic environment and damage the process of breaking down solids.
- Make sure all members of your house hold know not to flush non-flushable items down the toilet. The toilet has the most direct route to the septic system so flushing things like cigarette butts, cat litter, q-tips, or baby wipes will cause clogs.
If properly maintained and cared for your septic system will effectively treat and dispose of the waste and waste water generated by your home for many years. Make sure to have your system professionally inspected once per year and thoroughly pumped every two to five years. If you would like more information about septic upkeep, contact the highly-skilled team of plumbers at Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Diego County.