A septic system is designed to remove wastewater from the home. Installing a septic system is a major decision. The cost of an average septic tank installation can vary widely based on many variables including size, complexity of system, and area of installation.

On average, a septic system lasts for 20-30 years. Septic tank problems can cut your septic system’s service life short. You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out ways to make your septic system last longer. All you need to do is change bad usage habits and show your septic system a little tender loving care.

Here are some tips to keep your septic system healthy and extend its useful life from Just-in Time Septic, a local septic company.

Do Not Drain Water into Your Drain Field

A flooded drain field is a recipe for disaster. It can lead to untreated sewage flowing into the groundwater and local streams. Excess water in your drain field puts unnecessary strain on it and the leech system.

To prevent excess water from draining into your drain field, create alternative routes for your rain management system and home and animal water management system and runoff. Make sure only water from your home septic system enters the drain field.

Watch What You Flush

You cannot dispose of just anything in your septic system. Your septic system is not designed to serve as a garbage can. Anything that can go in a trash can should not be disposed of in a septic tank. This includes solid wastes such as feminine hygiene products, disposable diapers, condoms, paper towels, and cigarette butts.

Solid waste does not dissolve easily in water and can cause backups. Avoid flushing food scraps and coffee grinds down your drain.

Follow Your Pumping Schedule

We cannot emphasize enough the importance of regular septic tank pumping. Pumping your septic tank regularly helps prevent overflowing and is one of the most effective ways to extend its lifespan. Septic system contractors recommend pumping septic tanks every three to five years.

Conserve Water at Home

Too much water in your septic system can overload the drain field and the tank. To reduce stress on your septic system, save water at home. Here are some helpful, actionable tips to help you cut your water usage.

  • Take short showers
  • Look for and fix leaks
  • Install water-saving showerheads
  • Turn off the faucet while brushing and shaving
  • Water your lawn less frequently (only when it needs water)

Stay On Top of Maintenance

Like everything else, your septic system requires regular maintenance. Have it inspected by a septic company near you at least once every year. During a maintenance session, your contractor will pump your septic system, conduct a drain test, and look for & rectify issues.

Is your septic system backing up? Just-In Time Septic Pumping Services can help. We have a cost-effective and sustainable solution to every septic tank nightmare. To schedule an inspection, call (707) 824-2837.