Let Top Tier Plumbing and Rooter Keep Your Septic System in Tip-Top Shape
Following a maintenance schedule will maximize your septic system’s lifespan while preventing issues. If you adhere to your maintenance schedule and follow a few common-sense guidelines, you will help avoid septic system failure. Here are a few tips:
- Limit what goes down drains to small biodegradable food particles, human waste, and septic-safe toilet paper
- Restrict water usage by installing water-efficient appliances, low flow toilets, and aerated shower-heads
- Space washing activities out throughout the day to avoid a back-up
- Avoid flushing or draining cooking oils, grease, fats, paper towels, disposable diapers, feminine hygiene products, toxic cleaning products, lubricants, waxes, or paints.
- Do not use antibacterial soap or bleach, as these will kill the working bacteria in the septic system.
- Pump out and renew tank annually
- Avoid diving any heavy machinery over the tank or the drain field.
Following these practices will save time and money because you will not have to call on us for emergencies!
Septic Tank Maintenance Checklist
Routine septic system maintenance will avoid costly repairs and ensure your home environment is a healthy, safe living space. If you follow the tips to do your part, allow us to:
- Regularly pump to avoid solids accumulation.
- Clean pump and drain with high-powered jet water every five years to clear any debris clogging the system.
- Supply a bacteria additive to keep your system clean, clear, odor-free, and functioning correctly.
- Install, clean, or replace your effluent filter.
If you maintain your septic system correctly, you will avoid the cost of repairs or replacement. You are investing in your septic system and your family’s well-being.
Septic Tank Inspection
A professional inspector should look at your septic system every three years. If your pump has electrical switches, mechanical components, or pumps, it requires yearly inspection. The inspector will look at the septic tank’s sludge and scum levels while evaluating leaks. The pump chamber is where the effluent collects, so we will make sure this is clear so the system does not shut down. The inspector will also look to ensure your drain field is in good condition. If your system needs to be pumped or repaired, we will give you a free estimate of the work.