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Treat Your Septic System Well And It Will Perform For Decades

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Many homeowners believe that once a septic tank was installed, nothing needs to be done to maintain it. However, nothing is further from the truth! By maintaining your home's septic system properly, you can ensure that it will function well for decades to come without needing any expensive repairs.

Below is some information about your home's septic system and how it should be properly maintained:

Your Home's Septic System and Its Parts

Your home's septic system is made of the following parts:

  • inlet plumbing
  • septic tank
  • leach line(s)
  • leach field

Each part of the septic system works together to remove waste water from your home and process it for safe reabsorption into the earth. 

The inlet plumbing connects your home's wastewater lines into the septic tank, which is buried under the ground. Leading from the septic tank is at least one leach line. For larger homes that use more water each day, having two leach lines is a popular option. The leach lines end at the leach field, where the water is deposited for reabsorption.

Septic Tank Maintenance Issue #1: What Goes in, Must Come Out

Septic tanks are not designed to accommodate large amounts of soaps or oils. In fact, the least amount of each of these two things that you allow to flow down your home's drains, the better.

In addition, septic tanks are not designed to handle a lot of fresh food waste. For this reason, you should not use a garbage disposal in a kitchen that drains its wastewater into a septic tank.

Septic Tank Maintenance Issue #2: Too Much Water into the System at Once

Septic systems are not designed to handle large amounts of water flooding into them all at one time. This can cause the solid waste to flow from the tank and damage the system's leach lines and leach field.

The easiest way to handle this potential problem is to not run multiple loads of laundry and take showers all in one day. Try to space out your family's water use to give your septic tank time to properly drain between uses.

Septic Tank Maintenance Issue #3: Regular Pumping is Required

It is vitally important that you have your home's septic tank pumped at least every three years. The pumping will remove any unprocessed solids. Additionally, it will give the plumbing contractor the opportunity to inspect your septic tank for any possible damage from soil shifting.


As you can clearly see, by providing your septic tank with proper and regular maintenance, you can keep your home's septic system flowing well for decades. If you have additional questions about how to maintain your home's septic system, please contact a local plumbing contractor like E & F Septic Tank.