A Guide To Septic Tank Maintenance

Posted on: 27 October 2018


Septic tanks do just fine with minimal levels of maintenance. This is one of the reasons why homeowners love them. However, when you also start ignoring these limited maintenance requirements, your septic system can start running into a wide range of issues.

Understanding how to take care of your septic tank can help to preserve it, increasing its lifespan, and ensuring that you rarely have to deal with problems, such backups. What are some of these maintenance needs for septic tanks?

Regular Pumping

Septic tanks are supposed to be pumped approximately once every two or three years. This regular pumping of the septic tank is because the layer of scum at the top and the layer of sludge at the bottom of the tank can render the system less effective when they become too thick. This can lead to other problems, such as septic backups.

Pumping should only be done by a residential septic tank cleaning company. You may want to consult with an expert regarding how often you should have your septic tank pumped.

High-Pressure Water Jetting

Regardless of how often you pump your septic tank, you can expect some solids and debris to accumulate in the drain pipes. This clogs the pipes connecting the septic tank to the drain field. Therefore, it's a good idea to do some high-pressure water jet cleaning to help remove these accumulations.

Use a Bacterial Additives

Septic tanks are surprisingly sensitive systems. They use bacteria to break down the solid waste and other organic matter that finds its way into the tank, and these bacteria need to be kept at a certain level. If the bacteria in the septic tank isn't at the required level, the system will become less effective.

Some of the soap and detergents that we use in our houses are not friendly to the bacteria in the septic tank. Therefore, when used in large quantities, these cleaning agents will kill the bacteria. To help with this, you should use bacteria additives to ensure there's always plenty of bacteria in the septic tank.

Clean and Replace Effluent Filter

Effluent filters are not always installed in the septic tanks, but they should be. Therefore, be sure to inform your technician if your septic tank doesn't have one. This filter prevents solid waste from entering the drain field. If you have an effluent filter installed, ensure that it is cleaned or replaced after some time.