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How do I maintain my septic system?

Categories: Education

The question many people have when they purchase a home with a septic system is, “how do I maintain my septic system?” Some people may not even think a septic system needs to be maintained. That attitude could lead to major headaches and expenses down the line. The primary maintenance task for a septic system owner is to have their septic tank pumped on a regular basis. So let’s briefly look at that.

You should have your septic system inspected at least every 3 years by a professional and your tank pumped as recommended by the inspector (generally every 3 to 5 years). Systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components need to be inspected more often.

Your service provider should inspect for leaks and look at the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank. If the bottom of the scum layer is within 6 inches of the bottom of the outlet tee or the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet tee, your tank needs to be pumped.

Remember to note the sludge and scum levels determined by your service provider in your operation and maintenance records. This information will help you decide how often pumping is necessary.

Want to read more? Download the “Homeowner’s guide to Septic Systems”

Posted By: Mike • Posted On: November 9, 2015

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