Tips to Take Care of Your Home Septic System

Posted on: 23 April 2021

A septic system on your property is essential for a kept-up home and it is equally important that you maintain your septic system to avoid illness and a toxic environment on your land and in your yard. Along with other household maintenance tasks, taking care of your home's sewage system is one of the small steps you take every day to keep your property and its value elevated. Here are some recommendations to help you take care of your septic system and protect your home investment.

Know Your Septic Setup

As a homeowner, it is important that you know many different areas of your property and how to take care of them. For example, you should know where your home's electrical box is located so you can manage a flipped breaker, and you should also know where your septic system is located.

The location of your home's septic system is important for many reasons as you work around and live on the property. For one reason, you will need to know where the tank and drain field lines are located so you keep heavy vehicles off them and not break them, and you should also be careful not to dig them up when excavating soil for property and landscaping improvements. 

It is also a good idea to know where the system is located so you can manage its maintenance and keep the tank hatch clear for check-ups. When you need to get your septic system inspected for a home sale or if you are experiencing problems with its flow, you need to know where the tank system is and the access hatches are. Some properties have access hatches buried below soil or landscaping materials, and you will need a marker on the soil to locate it. Otherwise, you may have vegetation growing over the hatches and need to keep them clear for servicing.

Handle Regular Cleanings

Cleaning your septic system with regular servicing is one of the more important details to home ownership on a septic system. The septic system's tank is constantly working to process your home waste, and it will fill with solids that need to be removed every few years. Fortunately, a septic professional will come to your home to do the dirty work, as DIY septic maintenance is not recommended, safe, or legal.

Your septic professional will pump out your tank when it becomes filled and clean out the interior so they can also check the tank's condition in the process. If your tank is showing any signs of damage, such as cracking or holes, they will identify them during the inspection so the tank can be replaced. Your septic tank is built to last many years but it will eventually need to be replaced once it's at the end of its lifetime. Your septic tank maintenance service can tell you how long your tank will last.