Septic tanks are underground wastewater management structures found in rural areas. Over time, these systems could need repairs and will definitely need to be pumped. Septic systems are fairly easy to maintain as long as you follow some proper guidelines. Here are some tips on how to maintain your septic system from the team at ProTech Home & Property Inspections, Inc.
Schedule Regular Inspections and Pumps
On average, depending on use and family size, you should get a septic tank inspection every three to five years. This will alert you to any potential issues and help you increase the lifespan of your system. Along those same lines, you should also have your septic tank pumped every three to five years.
Be Efficient with Water Use
All of the water used inside your home will work its way through the pipes and into the septic system. The less water you use, the more efficient your septic system can perform. Consider installing high-efficiency toilets and showerheads to help conserve water. Additionally, make sure to use proper load settings on your washing machine to help prevent waste.
Dispose of Waste Properly
This one should be obvious, but it’s important enough to discuss anyway. Solid waste belongs in the trash. You should never flush things like diapers, paper towels, hygiene products, or even certain chemicals. Doing so can either clog up your system or hinder the bacteria so that waste will not properly break down.
Keep Drainfield Clear
Lastly, be sure to take caution around your drainfield. You do not want to drive or park anything heavy in that area. You always want trees planted a good distance from the drainfield so that the roots will not grow and damage the system. Also, make sure that any rainwater drainage systems are not draining into your septic drainfield. Excess water can slow or stop the treatment process.
Beyond septic tank inspections, ProTech offers radon testing, termite inspections, mold testing, and other specialty inspections to residents in Atlanta, GA, and the surrounding areas. You can contact us today at (470) 592-8828 to schedule your inspection.