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Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

When I purchased a home on the outskirts of town, I was pretty nervous about using a septic system. I imagined muddy, sewage-filled landscaping and toilets that wouldn't flush. However, after I did a little research, I realized that septic care is easy if you stay on top of it. The purpose of my blog is to help others to understand the intricacies of caring for their septic systems, so that you can tackle problems early. With a little attention and maintenance, your septic tank can plug along problem free for many years to come. Save this blog as a resource so that you aren't left guessing later.

Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

Commonly Asked Questions About Septic Pumping--Answered!

by Cathy Lewis

Chances are, if you own a home that's located in a very rural area away from access to city utilities, you have a septic system responsible for handling the plumbing and water on your property. A septic system is quite complex and, in order to operate smoothly, needs to be properly maintained year after year. Specifically, it's recommended that homeowners have their septic tanks pumped as a part of regular maintenance.

What Can Happen if You Put Off Septic Pumping?

Pumping out a septic tank helps to remove any sludge or other buildup that can cause clogs, leaks, and backups within the system. If you don't have your septic system pumped as needed, there are many things that could go wrong. For starters, you'll be more prone to septic tank ruptures, clogged pipes, and even sewage backups on your property (which are a pain to deal with). Furthermore, you'll reduce the lifespan of your septic system, potentially costing yourself thousands down the road.

How Often Should a Septic System Be Pumped?

There isn't really a "magic number" when it comes to how often your septic system should be pumped; it depends on how much use your system gets on a daily basis and how large your septic tank is. As a general rule, however, the average residential septic system should be pumped at least once every three years. If you have the paperwork available from when your tank was installed, you may be able to find a more specific recommended pumping time frame for your specific model.

Can Pumping Fix Any Existing Septic Problems?

While septic tank pumping isn't generally done to repair septic problems, it can help to clear your system's drainfield if it was clogged or overfilled before. Beyond that, however, septic tank pumping is really considered to be a preventative maintenance step; it's done to help you avoid costly septic tank issues in the long-term.

Can You Pump Your Own Septic System?

If you think your home's septic system is in need of pumping, the best thing you can do is contact a professional septic service to get the job done for you. They have the tools, experience, and know-how necessary to safely pump your septic tank and do so in a sanitary manner. You should never go near an open septic tank if you're not a trained professional, as you could expose yourself to dangerous bacteria.

To learn more, contact a septic service company like Dan's Sewer, Inc