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Tips – Your Septic System Is Your Responsibility

Did you know that as a homeowner you’re responsible for maintaining your septic system? Did you know that maintaining your septic system protects your investment in your home? Did you know that you should periodically inspect your system and pump out your septic tank?

If properly designed, constructed and maintained, your septic system can provide long-term, effective treatment of household wastewater. If your septic system isn’t maintained, you might need to replace it, costing you thousands of dollars. A malfunctioning system can contaminate groundwater that might be a source of drinking water. And if you sell your home, your septic system must be in good working order.

Sewer systems are a very important part of your home and property. Everything from your sinks and toilets, to your shower drains and washing machines, drain into your septic tank. This is why it is very important to keep it functioning properly. A three to four bedroom house uses an average of 200 gallons of waste water per day, which averages out to 73,000 gallons of waste water per year. This is a fairly large number considering the small area in your yard dedicated to your septic system. That is why it is so important that the soil is tested correctly, the system is designed correctly in size and type, installation is correctly done, and the tank is pumped and cleaned along with monitored regularly. If any of these four are not done, this will cause costly repairs and shorten the life of your septic system. It could also decrease the value of your home and property.

Protect Your Septic System

1- Inspect your system every 3 years and pump your tank as necessary, generally every 3 to 5 years.
2- Use water efficiently.
3- Don’t dispose of household hazardous wastes in sinks or toilets.
4- Care for your drainfield. Avoid driving or parking vehicles on your drainfield. Plant only grass over and near your drainfield to avoid damage from roots.