Failing routine maintenance in your system could lead to early deterioration of your drainfield and septic system and result in high-priced repairs or replacement before the end of the projected lifespan of your septic system. With routine care, your system could have a lifespan of 20-30 years. Routine care and inspection will help you discover problems early and allow you to repair issues before they lead to a system failure, possibly saving you thousands of dollars in replacement costs. Here are few tips to keep your system running for a long time.

Redirect
Redirect all run-off water away from your septic tank. By redirecting all run-off and ground water from your tank, you allow the septic to treat the greywater and the waste it was meant to treat efficiently. Unnecessary run-of water can cause your septic to become hydronically overloaded, compromising your system so that it can’t do its job. Make certain all access interfaces and lids are sealed. Ground water can permeate badly sealed lids and ports. This can be particularly be an issue with pressure-type systems. Excess water can additionally overrun the pump(s) causing them to run continuously.

Inspected
Have your Septic System inspected regularly. The State of Texas now requires all homeowners to have their Septic System examined except for Gravity feed systems, which should be inspected every 36 months. Regular inspections allow you to diagnose and repair problems before they become failures with your system. Additionally, you’ll want to have sitemaps and the appropriate drawings for the system. When your septic system is installed, there should be plot or site map drawing showing every one of the elements of your septic system. Keeping track of these important drawings eliminates guesswork as to where your septic tank, pump tanks, transportation lines, or drainfields are found in the event of an emergency that requires immediate attention.

Don’t Cover
Try not to cover or obstruct Red Dirt Septic Systems in any way. Do not try to cover or obstruct drainfields with asphalt, concrete, decks, or framing or other structures that would impede access to these areas. Damage can also result from their pressure to tank and the pipes, and your system may not empty correctly under earth that is compacted. Compaction can also negatively impact normal settling of solid wastes and cause excessive frothing action. Should you be contemplating adding additives seek advice from the local health department or authority.

Be Careful What You Flush
Do not flush anything besides toilet paper and regular septic waste. Flushing trash or other items can cause continuous pumping of the septic tank and fill the tank with items that will never decompose or possibly block inlets/outlets. Restrict using toilet bowl and drain cleaners as they’re not harmless to the friendly bacteria that does help. Ideally, you’ll want to avoid using a sink disposal unit. Most septic systems aren’t designed for or effective at coping with such undigested solids while waste foods are ground up by those components. Also, refrain from using cleansing agents or heavy oils. Never dump grease or cooking oil or fatty materials in sinks or toilets. These materials float on water and present a risk of filling up the top part of the septic tank and clogging the inlet conduits. Greases and oils can cause excessive build-up that can bring about blockage of the drainfield, solidify, and also can transfer into the transportation conduits.

Don’t Put Large Plant Life Over Your Drainfield.

Don’t put any sizable trees or shrubs over drainfield/leachfields, drainpipes or in the septic tank area. The roots from these plants obstruct or damage them and will grow into the drain lines. Little plants or grasses are OK so long as the root system is shallow and won’t impede or obstruct drain lines. Your Septic System should continue for a long time in the future by following these tricks and care techniques!

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