How To Care For Your Septic System

Just bought a new home? Between decorating and setting up the utility bills, you have a lot on your plate.  But there is one important factor that shouldn’t go ignored: your septic system.

Like any other part of your home, your septic system needs a little TLC to stay in great working condition. As long as you take care of your septic and have it regularly inspected by a dependable septic company, it should last for as long as you own your home.

Here are a couple of helpful tips all homeowners should know to keep their septic system clean and safe:

1. Use water efficiently

Septic System
Septic System

A standard residential septic system works best when it isn’t overloaded with too much water.

Did you know that an average household toilet uses as much as 70 gallons of water per day? To reduce the flow of water going into your septic system, consider switching to low-flow toilets, and make sure you fix any leaky faucets or showerheads right away.

2. Watch what you flush

Septic System flush
Septic System flush

The only things that should go down your toilet are waste and toilet paper. Other objects, like trash, bandages, and wrappers can lead to serious septic damage.  As long as you’re careful about what goes into your septic system, it will continue to function without any issues.

3. Pump and inspect your septic regularly

Pump and inspect your septic regularly
Pump and inspect your septic regularly

Experts recommend having your septic system inspected by a professional septic company at least once a year. That way, you’ll never be surprised by sudden leaks, cracks, or clogs.

On top of that, your septic tank should be pumped (completely cleared of waste) at least every five years. That routine maintenance might not be the most fun part of owning your home, but it’s the best way to avoid an expensive septic system replacement.