Part of being a homeowner is maintenance. Unfortunately a lot of homeowners forget about the maintenance on their septic systems. Here in Wisconsin, homeowners are reminded every 3 years to have their system pumped and inspected. But what can be done between pumpings to keep the septic system in good shape? Here are some tips:
Beware of excessive water use or leaky fixtures. The more the system has to work to keep up with a home’s usage, the quicker it will need attention.
Some clean-water source hookups, such as the sump-pump, can be routed away from the septic. But make sure it doesn’t dispense near the drainfield, adding unnecessary saturation to that area. Keep down-spouts away from this area as well.
Be aware of improper landscaping around the tanks and drainfield. Contact a local knowledgeable landscaper and/or septic service company for suggestions on this.
Avoid excessive use of anti-bacterial cleaners and strong chemicals that find their way down the lines in the sinks, tubs, and toilets. These affect the healthy bacteria in the septic system that it needs in order to do its job. And also realize that medications affect the septic system too. Using a bacterial additive for the system can be very beneficial in these situations.
Keep up with regular maintenance by a licensed pumper. They should be emptying the tanks and looking over all the components, including the drainfield or mound, to make sure all looks good.