When you don’t have a traditional plumbing system like many of the properties in Houston, Texas do, you’ll need to understand the function of your septic system to perform proper maintenance on it. Septic systems are known to be complex with their functions and designs, which require proper care. Here are a few of the top tips to follow to perform proper maintenance and increase its lifespan.
1. Perform an Inspection
Septic systems require routine inspections every three years to determine if any issues are developing or repairs are needed. If you have a system with a pump or electrical flow switch, it should be inspected every year.
2. Use Your Water Efficiently on the Property
The toilets in the house account for 20% to 30% of your water use each day, making it necessary to reduce your usage. Consider replacing old toilets in your home with high-efficiency toilets to reduce the amount of water that enters the septic system with each flush. While using the washing machine, opt for only doing large loads instead of large loads. Installing high-efficiency showerheads will also reduce the volume of water that enters the septic tank.
3. Avoid Flushing Trash Down the Toilet
One of the most common causes of septic tank issues is due to improper waste that is flushed down the toilet. Avoid flushing dental floss, diapers, feminine hygiene products, cooking grease, paper towels, prescription medication, cosmetics, and chemicals. These items can lead to severe clogs and can cause water to become backed up into the house. Flushable wipes can also clog the pipes and don’t decompose as well as toilet paper.
4. Keep Up with Maintaining Your Drainfield
The operation of your septic system is dependent upon the drainfield, making it necessary to maintain it and provide proper care. Avoid parking or driving on it to avoid damage. All rainwater drainage systems, sump pumps, and roof drains should also be a safe distance away from it. Any trees that are planted in your yard should also be several feet away to prevent the roots from growing into the drainfield.
5. Pump the System Regularly
Pumping your system every three to five years to keep it in good condition. During this process, the professional can also inspect the parts for any leaks that may be present. The cost of pumping the system depends on its size. Keeping all of your records is necessary to ensure you can determine when it’s time to pump it again.
Contact Brown Aerobic today to learn more about how to maintain your septic system and keep it running well. Our experts can help you avoid common mistakes and increase its lifespan to avoid accidents that can occur on the property.