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Things to do When you Own a Septic Tank System

Things to do When you Own a Septic Tank System

For homes that depend on the functioning of a septic system, its proper functioning is important. Many people don’t give a septic system much thought until it stops functioning properly and a septic tank cleaning company needs to be called. Thankfully, there are some steps homeowners can take to assure their septic tank system is functioning properly.

Steps to Having a Functioning System

Location, location, location

It is important for homeowners to know where the septic tank and drain field are located. It is helpful to have a sketch of the location on hand for times when the septic cleaning company needs to be called.

Inspection time

The septic system should be inspected annually. The inspection can easily be done by a local reputable septic tank cleaning company.


Make sure the septic tank cover is accessible for inspections and pumping by a septic cleaning company.

Keep records

It is important to keep accurate and records of all repairs, pumping, inspections, permits issued and any other maintenance activities.


Water conservation is important to the proper functioning of a septic system. Not conserving water can overload the septic system. One key to conserving water is the reparation of leaky faucets and toilets.

Water diversion

Be sure to divert water sources such as roof drains and sump pumps. Excess water from these sources prevents the soil in the drain field from naturally cleaning the wastewater.

Grass coverage

Make sure there is ample grass coverage in the absorption field area. One caveat is that although grass is necessary, avoid planting trees or shrubs there as the roots can cause damage to the septic system. A septic cleaning company can inform you of a safe distance for planting these items.

In the kitchen

The kitchen is a place in the home that has a great impact on the septic system. Be sure to limit the use of the garbage disposal, properly dispose of coffee grounds and food, and make sure grease is hardened and disposed of in a trash can.


Make sure there is a high-quality lint filter on the washing machine to assure the least amount of lint makes it into the septic system.

Call a professional

Be sure to call a reputable professional septic tank cleaning company for any work that needs to be done on the septic system. This includes pumping the system every three to five years and any other care or maintenance that needs to be done.

Following these simple guidelines will go a long way in avoiding problems with a septic system.


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  • Jen Pack
    February 5, 2016, 3:37 pm REPLY

    My husband and I just bought a property that has its own septic tank so we really appreciate this information on how to maintain it. It is interesting to me that you mention that putting an excess amount of food down the garbage disposal can be a big problem for septic tanks; we’ll be sure to be more careful about that. Like you pointed out, I imagine it is really important to have it inspected and cleaned out regularly by a professional. Thanks for sharing this!

  • Braden Bills
    March 7, 2016, 9:03 am REPLY

    I recently moved into this home, and I don’t think the previous owner ever told me where the septic tank is. I didn’t realize it was important to know where it is! I’m going to see what I can do to figure that out. Thank you very much for the information!

  • wesley
    March 8, 2016, 8:58 pm REPLY

    Tom, thanks for the tips on how to maintain my septic tank functioning. I like your advice about keeping the lint trap clean to prevent the tank from clogging to fast. If anything happens, I’m calling a pumping service to clean out the system.

  • Nash Rich
    March 10, 2016, 5:42 pm REPLY

    I’m one for throwing stuff away, when I shouldn’t. I’ve accidentally thrown away stuff I really needed. So I can agree that keeping your records is a good idea. I didn’t think that sending too much stuff down the garbage disposal would cause problems. Good stuff to know, thanks!

  • Hazel Adams
    March 14, 2016, 1:49 pm REPLY

    I agree that location is really important when you are working with septic tanks. I also agree that your plumbing is all connected, so if you are putting things down the disposal that clogs it, you are clogging your septic tank. Ours has been backed up for a bit, so I think I will call a professional.

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