- By Tom Frank
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.