Septic Systems 101

Did you know that over 26 million homes in America have a private septic system? They don’t exactly come with instructions, but it is up to the homeowners to take care of them. Whether you have built a home or recently moved into a home with one, this handy guide can help you get started.

Tips to Take Care of Your Septic System

Below are a few good rules of thumb to help give your septic tank a long life and keep running smoothly.

Tip #1: Maintain plants near the septic tank.

Naturally plants and trees love to hang around a septic system, but their root systems can damage the structure if left too close. Remember to trim them back or remove them periodically.

Tip #2: Keep your car parked away from the drain field.

Unlike sewers, septic systems aren’t designed to handle the weight of a car. Be mindful of where you park any trailers, motorbikes, and lawn mowers, too. A cracked septic tank likely means replacing the entire unit.

Tip #3: If you run over the lid, don’t fret!

We all dread that moment when the septic lid gets chewed up by one wrong move with the lawn mower or weed trimmer. But no worries! Septic lids are actually easy and cheap to replace. In no time at all it will look like it never even happened.

Tip #4: Pump the unit every 3 to 5 years.

As a good rule of thumb, have a professional service periodically pump out your septic tank to avoid more costly repairs and mistakes.

Managing Septic Situations is a Call Away

Concerned about any pipes leaking around your septic field? We can help! Just give us a call right away and we’ll help prevent bigger problems before they start.


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