Tips to Keep Your Home Septic on a Smooth Routine Maintenance and Working Properly

Posted on: 13 March 2020

When you rely upon a septic system for your home's sewer waste, it is essential that you keep it flowing well and look after its condition on a regular basis. A septic system is not something you want to install and forget, as there are regular care tasks you need to take care of daily and with regular routine cleaning. Here are some tips to keep your septic tank working well and in good repair.

Install Tank Risers

Your home septic system is installed under the soil of your property where it separates waste from water and sludge and drains the fluid into the drainage pipes. However, when the tank gets full enough with sludge and scum, it will need to be pumped professionally. And your septic tank professional needs to get access to your tank through the tank's access opening hatch in your yard. 

Most access hatches are buried within the soil, which will require your septic professional to excavate the soil to find the opening. And if you have forgotten its exact location in your yard, your septic professional may need to dig around a bit, disturbing soil and your landscaping in the process. 

However, with septic tank access hatch risers on your tank, your tank's opening is always visible and readily accessible for your professional to pump. You can add risers to extend the tank opening up to the surface of the soil or hire your septic professional to install them.

Hire Regular Pump Maintenance

Once you have risers installed on your septic system tank opening hatch, your septic professional will have easy access to your tank. It will be your job to calculate and keep track of how often you will need to pump the tank. The size of your tank and the number of people in your household will determine how often it will need to be pumped. You should have your tank and system inspected every two to three years to make sure all its components are functioning properly. Then, have it pumped every few years, depending on its capacity. 

If you are unsure of how frequently you need septic tank pumping, ask your septic professional when they inspect your tank. You can also review a septic tank pumping chart, which you can find online or with your septic professional. For example, if you live in an average-sized home with a 1,200 to 1,500 tank capacity, it will need to be pumped every three to five years. However, if your household showers frequently and you do a large amount of laundry and have a kitchen disposal, you might need to have your tank pumped more frequently.