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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

Tips For Maintaining And Water-Jetting Your Septic System

by Cathy Lewis

A septic system that works well will always provide you with freely-flowing interior plumbing and no septic issues in your septic tank and yard throughout the drain field site. But don't take your system for granted when it is working well, because it needs regular care for it to function properly. Here are some insightful tips to help you care for the health of and maintain your home's sewer septic system.

Manage Drain Field Issues

Your septic system drain field is like the vascular system for your septic system, and it needs to be continually clear of debris so it can flow freely and relieve the tank of excess fluids. So keep an eye out for any problems inside your home and on your property to determine when it needs servicing.

If, for example, your yard begins to stink like raw sewage or you notice excessive water saturation in the soil, lawn, or landscaping on your drain field site, this is a sign of trouble to your system. It may be that your drain field lines are becoming clogged with debris or with tree roots, which have caused them to become overloaded in places, causing the excessive spillage into the surrounding soil. 

Water Jetting to Clean Out Drain Field Clogs

Contact your local septic pumping professional for a diagnosis and treatment to restore your system. Your septic professional can inspect the drain field lines to find out where the problem is located. If there is a blockage from solid waste from a clog or build-up inside the line, their high-pressure water jet cleaning will free the blockage and clean out the inside of the line to almost new again. 

But don't worry about too much pressure going through your drain field lines, a pressure water jet cleaning is specially controlled to prevent any damage to your pipes and the septic's line connections. Your septic professional will run a water line with a pressure nozzle into the lines of your drain field where a clog is suspected. Water gets sprayed out the front and angled behind the nozzle to clear out any debris and rinse the line clean. A pressure water jet cleaning is a great service for your home's interior plumbing lines that have become clogged and lined with grease and soap build-up.

In addition to cleaning out your septic drain field lines, you should also have your septic tank pumped as part of your regular maintenance for a healthy septic system.

For further information on drain fields and high-pressure water jetting, reach out to a local septic service.