How to Keep Your Septic System in Tiptop Shape

cleaning and unblocking septic system and draining pipes.If you have a septic system, what are some tips for keeping it in top shape?

Professional Inspection

For starters, when’s the last time you had your septic system inspected by a professional? If you’re like most people, “It has been years!” It’s something people don’t think much about, but, that said, it’s still important. Ideally, a septic system should be professionally inspected at least once every three years or so. After the inspection, it’s also a good idea to have the system pumped. For those who use their system more so than others (having more than 4 people in a house, for instance), it doesn’t hurt to have systems checked more frequently, such as once a year. Things like switches, pumps, and/or mechanical components need to be checked to make sure everything is working as intended in order to avoid problems.

Pumping a Septic System

How often a septic system should be pumped involves the household size, how much wastewater is generated, the volume of solids in wastewater, and the septic tank size. A household with several women with long hair would need their tank pumped more often than, say, a household with several bald men.

It’s a good idea to call a company like Carolina Septic Pro to come and inspect and/or pump your septic system. Professionals will look for leaks, examine scum and sludge layers, and keep maintenance records of the work they perform.

Use Water Prudently

If you want to keep your septic system in top shape, use water efficiently. Keep in mind that leaky pipes and/or running toilets use a lot of gallons per day, and that means more water ending up in the septic system. Conserving water can help improve the overall operation of a septic system, helping to reduce the risk of failure. Why overwork the system if you don’t have to? Consider using high-efficiency toilets, washing machines, and showerheads as well as faucet aerators. Take care not to dispose of awkward waste in your system– toilets aren’t trash cans.

Do you need help with your septic system? Call Carolina Septic Pro at 980-500-1022.