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Septic system preventive maintenance

Septic system preventive maintenance can be practiced in every aspect of your life. Your preventive maintenance of leading a healthy lifestyle, taking supplements, and undergoing regular check ups give you a disease-free body. Reading and participating in discussions help you prevent your mind’s stagnation. Cooking a lot prevents your taste buds from being dull. Keeping your house clean and cared for prevents it from deteriorating especially during harsh weather. The same goes with your septic system. It needs preventive maintenance so that you will have a healthy and safe home for decades or even generations to come.

Since it is your own personal wastewater treatment facility, you have the responsibility of maintaining it so as to prevent malfunctions and failures. It is not a self-caring system. It needs you to make sure that it functions smoothly. Part of being a responsible homeowner is making sure that every component of the house works smoothly with one another. If you fail to do this, then you could end up spending thousands of dollars in repair or replacement. Especially when it is in reference to the septic system.

You can take part in septic system preventive maintenance practices, such as the following:

1. As much as possible, you should only dump biodegradable tissue paper and household wastewater into your septic system. You should keep away cigarette butts, car grease, kitchen grease, and feminine products away from your system. Non-biodegradable materials are not broken down by the resident bacteria. They just stay in the septic tank to clog the system. This can result to septic failure if not corrected immediately.
2. You should make sure that the fixtures are always inspected. Any leaks should be repaired immediately. Unrepaired leaks in the plumbing and septic system could cause backups in the system.
3. You should not place heavy vehicles over your septic system. These cause soil compaction and physical damage to the septic components. You should know the exact location of your septic system so that you may not accidentally run it over or perhaps build any form of construction over the area.
4. Be familiar with the exact location of your septic system. So you may have easy access to it during inspection and pump out treatments. You could ask for help from the zoning department that issued the permit for your septic system’s construction and installation. But it would be faster if you trace the soggy or the dry grass on your lawn. These will let you know where the drain field and the septic tank are. Coordinating with your septic expert is also highly recommended to be sure but be ready for additional charges.
5. Have a septic expert perform the necessary steps before cleaning and pumping out:
a. A proper inspection will be conducted to see if there are hardwood plants over or around the septic system. Check for signs of septic odors, pooling sewage water, and wet soil. Make sure the sludge level is normal. Also check for any damaged parts such as baffles.
6. Oxygen bleach (color safe) should be the only one used in the home and in washing laundry.
7. Maintain a schedule for your septic system preventive maintenance.
8. Have your septic expert apply septic treatments such as porosity restorer to restore tanks, dry wells, drain fields. Then activator to restore the normal number of bacteria.
a. Septic maintainer to protect drains, improve the function of the septic tank, control septic odors, and to quickly digest paper and detergents

b. Regular pump out treatments depending on the number of household members
Your septic system should have the needed Septic system preventive maintenance on a regular basis so that it could reach its maximum lifespan. This way, you could also save a lot because you won’t have to buy another septic system or have your old one heavily restored. Remember that your septic system could only function optimally with your diligence as a homeowner. Never rely on additives to do your responsibilities for you.

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