You Are Responsible For Maintaining Your Septic System

“Years ago we had a septic system when we lived in a different area and it was a nightmare. The leach field failed and we had nothing but problems.” ~anonymous

 

Has this happened to you? Though it is very possible this person inherited a problem from the previous owner, if that was the case, he should have had an inspection before buying. If it occurred afterward, well…as a homeowner, it is your responsibility to educate yourself about your septic system, septic tank cleaning, and how to properly maintain it.

 

This post will give you some important information to get you started. Find more helpful tips HERE.

 

1. UNDERSTAND YOUR SEPTIC TANK

In a septic tank, solid waste settles to the bottom and scum rises to the top. Excess liquid goes out to the drain field. Bacteria break down the solids in the tank but they need to be pumped out periodically. Read Your Septic System: A Mini-Course for Homeowners for a more complete explanation.

2. DON’T FLOOD THE SYSTEM!

Your septic tank can only handle so much water at a time. The tank needs time to separate the solids and liquids and send the liquids to the drain field, so 10 loads of laundry in one day is probably not a good idea! Make sure you choose the right load size when doing laundry. Washing a small load on the large load setting wastes water.

Check for running toilets and leaky faucets and consider installing low flow or high efficiency toilets.

3. PROTECT THE TANK

Do not put anything heavy on the ground over your tank or drain field like a structure, parked car, cement, asphalt, or above ground pool. This can damage the tank and pipes and compromise the effectiveness of the drain field.

Only flush biodegradable substances! These are some things that should be avoided which can clog the tank and kill beneficial bacteria needed to help break down solids: dental floss, feminine hygiene products, diapers, cigarette butts, cat litter, Kleenex tissue, cotton swabs, coffee grounds, paper towels, condoms, household chemicals, gasoline, grease (oils, bacon fat, etc.), paint, and bleach.

By flushing a quart of spoiled buttermilk down the toilet every few months, you will be adding healthy bacteria to your septic tank, naturally!

Single ply toilet paper is best.

Provide good maintenance around the tank. Cut down all large trees and shrubs near the tank and drain.  Be especially careful of trees with aggressive roots such as willow trees.

Make sure you have gutters installed and positioned so rain doesn’t overload the field if it is near the roof line.

4. SEPTIC TANK CLEANING IS A MUST!

Most homeowners will call septic cleaning companies once every two or three years. However, this depends on the size of your tank and the number of people in your household. Your service provider will know what is best for your household. Garbage disposal usage increases the frequency you will need your tank pumped. These may be convenient, but they are not recommended for homes with septic systems.

A good service will also inspect your tank while pumping it out to make sure it’s in good working order.

DID YOU KNOW?

Enough tiny non-biodegradable fibers enter your septic system each year to carpet your living room! A high tech washing machine lint trap filter can help reduce this amount, helping to prevent clogs in the system.

We at Tim Frank Septic Cleaning Company are education specialists! We know our business and have a longstanding reputation to prove it. A new septic system can run into the tens of thousands of dollars. Regular septic tank cleaning and maintenance can prevent that from happening. Is it time for your tank to be inspected or pumped? Call us today!


Comments

  • Thanks for helping me understand the importance of proper septic system maintenance. Now that we’re planning to have a septic system installed in the house, I’ve decided to do some research on how to maintain it. Since you mentioned that cleaning depends on the size of the tank and the number of people using it, I shall then ask our service provider to offer what is suitable for the household.
    - Victoria Addington
  • That’s a good idea to get a pro to tell you how often you would need your tank pumped. I like the idea of knowing when the tank gets too full, so that would be good information, I’ll have to ask about that next time I need to get the tank pumped.
    - Tyler Johnson
  • My septic tank has been getting clogged, so I want to have the system cleaned out. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to clean it out for me! I’ll be sure to find professionals that have a good reputation for this kind of work.
    - Braden Bills
  • It’s fantastic to learn that a good septic cleaning company will inspect your tank while pumping it. My wife and I are wanting to take care of our house and we were wondering who we should hire to pump our septic system. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should look for a septic cleaning company that can pump and inspect our system.
    - Travis Smith
  • It’s great to learn that a good septic cleaning service should inspect your tank while pumping it. My wife and I are wanting to take better care of our house and we were wondering what we should look for in a septic tank pumping service. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should look for a septic pumping service that inspects the tank as well.
    - Travis Smith
  • It’s good that you point out that it’s important to have your septic tank cleaned regularly in order to keep it working properly. I want to make sure my septic tank continues to work, so I’m considering hiring a professional to clean it. I’m going to look for a good provider of septic tank cleaning services in my area to use.
    - Conrad O'Connor
  • My brother is moving to a new home soon that is going to have a septic tank installed on the side of the house. He needs to learn more about this system so that he can maintain it properly and not let it overflow. I’ll share your article with him so that he understands the basics, like how the solids sink to the bottom and that’s why he needs to get the tank pumped every couple of years.
    - Joe Hall
  • I appreciate that you mentioned how you should consider getting your septic system professionally cleaned at least every two years. My wife and I recently moved into my late uncle’s house and have noticed that the backyard has started to smell like rotten eggs. Maybe we should have the system pumped now that we are responsible for taking care of it.
    - Eli McMullen
  • It’s good to learn that you should pump out bacteria from your septic tank regularly. My wife and I are moving to a new house soon and we were wondering how to take care of the septic system throughout the year. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should get the tank pumped regularly for bacteria.
    - Rick Davis
  • It’s good that you point out that having your septic tank cleaned regularly is crucial for keeping it running correctly. I want to make sure my septic tank keeps working, so I’m considering hiring a professional to clean it. I’m going to look for a good septic tank cleaning company in my area to hire.
    - Bob Newton
  • My sister told me that she was doing laundry and she started to see water coming out from the drain field and she does not know why. I like how you suggest not doing many laundry loads on the same day to avoid any damages to her septic tank. I will recommend her to contact a septic system company to go to her house and check it out.
    - Derek McDoogle
  • It’s good to learn that you should call a septic cleaning company every two to three years. My wife and I are moving into our first house together soon and we were wondering how often we should get our septic system cleaned. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should get our septic system cleaned every couple of years.
    - Rick Davis
  • I’ve been noticing a gross smell in my house, and I think it might be an issue with my septic tank. I didn’t realize that the system could be flooding! It makes sense that putting things down the drain that might cause clogs would end up being an issue. It would definitely be a good idea for me to get a professional to pump out my system so that I don’t have to worry about it getting too clogged.
    - Braden Bills
  • I never knew that septic system can only handle a certain amount of water at a time. My parents are wanting to build a small house up in the mountains, and they are thinking of using a septic system for their plumbing. I’ll be sure to mention to them that they should let a professional handle the maintenance of their tank for them.
    - Henry Killingsworth
  • My toilet isn’t flushing so I’m thinking maybe my septic tank needs cleaning. I never knew that too many loads of laundry in one day can damage the tank. I better start looking for a septic tank service that can help me out with this matter.
    - rachel frampton
  • It’s fantastic to learn that you should call septic cleaning companies once every 2 to 3 years. My wife and I are moving in together soon and we were wondering how often we would need to clean our septic system. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should call septic cleaning companies every 2 to 3 years.
    - Jerry Woods
  • I never knew a lot of the information in your article like how a septic tank can only handle a certain amount of water at a time without overflowing. I need to continue learning about my tank so that it doesn’t back up into the house or have other issues. Since I haven’t known a lot of useful information about my tank, I think hiring an inspector to check it out soon is a great idea to ensure it’s still functioning properly.
    - Tristan Stewart
  • Thank you for the tips on cleaning septic tanks. My cousin is thinking of building a home in a remote area where a septic system would be necessary. I had no idea that you need to get it professionally cleaned every 2-3 years. I will have to tell her about your septic tank advice.
    - Greta James
  • It’s good to know your septic tank should be cleaned every couple of years. I just moved into a home that has a septic tank, so I’m doing some research on how to maintain it. I will keep your tips in mind to keep the system in good working order.
    - Lyla Peterson
  • I thought that it was interesting when you said that there are certain things that you can do to create healthy bacteria in your septic tank such as flushing down spoiled buttermilk occasionally. I have been thinking about having a septic tank installed on my property but I have been worried that I wouldn’t be able to accurately maintain it on my own. I will be sure to consider hiring a professional to routinely inspect and maintain my septic system in order to ensure proper maintenance and care that will promote longevity.
    - Ashley
  • It’s great to learn that single-ply toilet paper is best to maintain your septic tank. My wife and I are moving into a new home with a septic tank and we were wondering how to maintain it. I’ll be sure to start getting single-ply toilet paper for the benefit of our septic system.
    - Jerry Woods
  • It’s pretty smart to not put anything over the septic tank that can potentially be heavy enough to cause damage. I think that my wife and I are going to install a septic system soon and maintain it ourselves as best we can. I’m sure every few years we will need to get it pumped out by professionals though.
    - Trevor Hall
  • I thought it was very helpful when you mentioned that you should consider how much water you are using with your septic tank. My wife and I have been talking about moving into a new home that would have a septic tank, and we want to make sure that we could take proper care of it. If we choose the home, I will be sure to avoid using too much water.
    - jack
  • I am thankful that your article mentions the importance of not overworking the septic tank, as it can only handle using certain amounts of water on any given day. My husband and I have noticed in recent that our septic tank appears to be clogged up. We’ll look into hiring cleaning services in the coming days.
    - Lloyd Bronson
  • That’s good to know that the garbage disposal will make it so you have to clean the tank more often. I feel like that would take up a lot of space in the tank, so that makes sense. I’ll make sure to get it cleaned out earlier if I use the disposal a lot.
    - Tyler Johnson
  • I’ve heard that septic tanks need to be maintained. It makes sense that I would want to ensure that I get a professional to take a look at it every once in a while! That way, I don’t have to worry about it getting clogged up or anything.
    - Braden Bills
  • I didn’t know that septic systems could sprout leaks and cause problems! Maybe it would be a good idea for me to get a professional to maintain my septic system for me. That way, I cant ensure that any issues that occur get fixed up.
    - Braden Bills
  • I appreciated the tip that you gave to choose to get your septic tank professionally cleaned every so often. Recently, I moved to a home that has a septic tank, and I want to make sure that I could take proper care of it. This sounds like it would help the septic tank run properly for longer. I will be sure to look for a septic tank service to help me clean it out when I am supposed to.
    - glenn walke
  • I’m glad you mentioned that using a garage disposal means we’ll need to have our septic tank pumped more often. We’ll be moving to a new home in the city next month, and I want to make sure we protect our investment through preventative maintenance of the home’s systems. Your article was valuable to me because now I know how to figure out the recommended septic cleaning frequency in our new house!
    - Eileen Benson
  • I’m glad you mentioned that doing 10 loads of laundry is a bad idea! I’ve been doing all my laundry on Saturdays because that’s really the only time I have off. I suppose I could also do one load every day to spread that out a little bit.
    - Randy Chorvack
  • Its good to know that garbage disposal usage increases the frequency that you’ll need your septic tank pumped. My wife was using our garbage disposal a lot from our recent party we threw and I was wondering if it was bad to use your garbage disposal frequently. I’ll let her know that we’ll have to get our septic tank pumped if we keep using the garbage disposal.
    - Jackson Bush
  • Thanks for all of these tips, especially that you shouldn’t put anything heavy on the ground over your tank. I’m moving into a new home and I don’t know what state the septic system will be in. I’ll have to look further into septic system services.
    - David Johnson
  • Its good to know that single-ply toilet paper is good for your septic tank. My wife and I recently got a new septic tank and we were wondering how we can care for it the best way possible. I’ll be sure to get single-ply toilet paper so we won’t have to repair our septic tank anytime soon.
    - Jackson Bush
  • I found it helpful when you said that a septic tank can only handle so much water a any given time. My husband and I are thinking of getting a septic tank. Knowing that it has limitations, can help us with our decision.
    - Elisabeth Southgate
  • Thanks so much for explaining how to responsibly maintain your septic system. My parents have a septic tank on their property. They’re thinking of reaching out to a sewer contractor to have it cleaned.
    - Johnny McCarron
  • I like that you suggest only flushing biodegradable substances. My brother has been needing to get some septic tank maintenance. I will send him this information so he can make sure to implement it after the cleaning.
    - Benjamin Andrews
  • It’s interesting how a septic tank needs to be maintained such as water capacity, cleanness, and protection. My parents’ are looking at remodeling their septic tank and they are looking for options to make it better to avoid bacteria and water capacity issues. It’s great to know that you can have a professional help you designed your septic tank according to your needs.
    - Ron Booker
  • I want to make sure that I get my septic system pumped. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to help me out with this! They would be able to ensure that it gets done properly.
    - Braden Bills
  • I liked that you explained that one should call a septic tank cleaning company every 2- 3 years to help you clean your tank. My husband believes it is time we should clean our septic tank to prevent issues. I will help him look for a company that will clean our septic tank correctly.
    - Hazel Owens
  • I liked that you said that understanding your septic system will better help you to maintain it properly. I would imagine that asking a professional to inform you of your system would make their job easier since you will take care of it better. I would be sure to fully understand my system prior to having one installed so that I knew how it needed to be handled.
    - Ashley
  • I like how you mentioned that a septic tank needs time to separate solids and liquids. My wife has been using the washing machine a lot recently and I’m worried that it could break due to the excess of water. I’ll be sure to let her know that we should only do a couple of loads of laundry a day.
    - Jackson Bush
  • Thank you for mentioning that garbage disposal usage increases the frequency you will need your tank pumped. My husband and I recently moved into a house, and now we have a septic tank to take care of, and we have no idea what to do. I will definitely keep all of your great tips and information in mind when trying to properly take care of my septic tank.
    - Brooklyn Johnson
  • It’s good to know that you should be doing the right load for your laundry to save water and money. My wife has been washing her clothes on high water level for a month and I’ve noticed how expensive it has been. I’ll be sure to let her know that she needs to use the correct water level on the washing machine.
    - Jackson Bush
  • I liked that a couple of things to consider when you have a septic tank is that you should only be flushing biodegradable substances and you will need to hire routine maintenance to ensure that it functions properly. I would imagine that this would be crucial to the functionality of your unit. I would be sure to take care of it the best I could during daily use and that I would also hire professionals to keep it well maintained so that it would always work correctly.
    - Ashley
  • I’ve heard that not taking care of your septic tank can cause a lot of problems, so I want to make sure that doesn’t happen to me. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to take a look at my system every once in a while! They could ensure that it gets pumped properly and doesn’t overflow or anything.
    - Braden Bills
  • I want to make sure that my septic system lasts a long time. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to help me out with maintaining it! That way, I don’t have to worry about there being any problems with it. I’ll be sure to do my parts by not flushing down too much things down the toilet.
    - Braden Bills
  • Mu family just moved to a house with a septic system, and your article had great tips for maintaining something like this. I liked how you said to get our system professionally cleaned every two to three years, though this varies depending on our tank size and the people in our house. Thanks; we’ll keep this in mind when caring for our septic system.
    - Jocelyn McDonald
  • You said that cleaning is a must. I haven’t had my septic tank cleaned in years. I’ll look for a place that can help me with this.
    - Kate Welling
  • Thank you for the interesting and informative article. I really enjoyed reading all of the comments, especially all of Braden’s comments. Who knew he could be so excited about septic maintenance over the years. I also enjoyed how every single commenter added their complete first and last name. That is normal internet behavior and I approve! Everyone on this blog is very well-spoken, and enthusiastic about, and appreciative of the topic. This is all very normal for real individuals on the Internet. Congratulations on attracting this very authentic audience! (I did actually enjoy the article.)
    - Anotherreal Commenter
  • You got me when you said that the frequency that your septic tank must be cleaned is going to be based on the number of people in your household and the size of your tank. This is something that I will share with my mom because almost all the plumbing fixtures in her house have been clogged since the other night. Her house is starting to have foul sewage odors. All her grandchildren are staying in her house for a vacation.
    - Ellen Hughes
  • Providing the right maintenance is a big deal. This could really make or break a system in someone’s home. I have a friend that is thinking about getting a septic system service to check out what is going on.
    - Camille Devaux
  • I found it interesting that the bacteria and solids in your tank need to be plumbed out periodically. My dad has been talking about problems with his toilet flushing, so I have been looking into causes and possible solutions to the problem. I will send him this information, and start looking for a sewer contractor company that can help him out.
    - Benjamin Andrews
  • I like that you suggest only flushing biodegradable substances. My wife and I are moving to our own home this fall, and I am looking into all the responsibilities that I will need to cover to keep everything in order. I will keep this in mind while I am making my list.
    - Nathan Carter
  • I like that you mentioned that a good septic service will inspect your tank. I’ll be looking for that aspect in the event that I call septic inspection company. Thanks for the good information!
    - Nathan Carter
  • My septic tank is giving me problems. I think I need to get it cleaned. Someone would have to come and do that for me.
    - Caden Dahl
  • I want to make sure that I take good care of my septic system. It makes sense that I would want to get a professional to help me out with it! They could help me make sure that I don’t accidentally flood the system or anything.
    - Braden Bills
  • You’ve got some great septic tank maintenance tips here. I love how you said that it’s important to protect the tank by not putting anything too heavy on it and not flushing anything wrong down the drains. We’ll have to make sure our two year old doesn’t do that.
    - Bernard Button
  • I love that you talked about washing a small load of laundry when your house has a septic system. My family of five is considering moving into a home that has a septic system installed. It’s good to know that I should be considerate before washing everybody’s clothes at once.
    - Dean Phillips
  • Thanks for pointing out that how much you use your garbage disposal is a big factor in how often your septic tank needs to be cleaned. My husband and I just moved to a new home, so I’ve been looking for tips online about how to keep the septic system in good shape. I do use the garbage disposal quite a bit, so I’ll make sure to consult a professional about how often we should have the tank cleaned.
    - Amy Winters
  • I didn’t know that it’s up to me to schedule appointments to have my septic system looked at! I’ll be sure to get a professional to handle that for me. They would be able to make sure that the system doesn’t have any problems and cause any damages.
    - Braden Bills
  • I had a tank installed recently, and you’re right that reading up about how my system works will greatly enhance my ability to properly take care of it. The area over the tank is well covered with a fake, hollow rock and a cover so that it’s easy to access the tank if need-be, so inspections will be easy to arrange. My husband and I are going to have it cleaned every two years because we have something of a larger household, though we’ll check with our service provider to be sure that it’s often enough, as you suggest.
    - Rihanna Hawk
  • I didn’t realize that I’m in charge of keeping my septic system maintained! Maybe I should get a professional to take a look at it for me. That way I can ensure that any potential problems are noticed.
    - Braden Bills
  • I want to make sure that I take good care of my septic system. It makes sense that I would want to be sure that I don’t flush anything down that can’t be processed! That way I don’t have to worry about it getting clogged up.
    - Braden Bills
  • I do like that the article warns readers about needing to be be careful with flooding the septic system. After all, you will need to give the system plenty of time to separate the solids and liquids. Of course, getting the tank pumped and cleaned can help with this as it will empty your tank before it can flood.
    - Duncan Lance
  • I really appreciate your tip to avoid doing too much laundry in one day so you don’t overwhelm your septic tank. My wife and I recently became homeowners, and we are concerned that we won’t be able to take care of some of the appliances that we can’t see. I will be sure to tell my wife that we should try and avoid doing too many loads at the same time!
    - Mark Murphy
  • Thanks for explaining that it would be smart to get your septic tank pumped out regularly. I am not sure when my septic tank was last pumped. So, I should probably get that done soon.
    - Penelope Smith
  • I didn’t realize that septic systems could have problems over time! Maybe it would be a good idea for me to get a professional to maintain my system every once in a while. That way I don’t have to worry about it clogging up or anything.
    - Braden Bills
  • My wife and I just moved into a new home with a septic tank outside, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about getting the tank pumped every two to three years. We’ll have to check when it was last pumped to see if we should do this soon.
    - Derek Dewitt
  • We just moved into a home with a septic tank, so this is all good to know. I’ll be sure to read more into how the tank works so that I understand it better, like you suggested. I’ll also probably hire a pro to come and explain things to me.
    - Ridley
  • It’s great that this article mentions the importance of cleaning your septic tank every two to three years. In order to do this, you’d probably want to find a good local contractor that offers repairs. A great way to find one would be to talk to your septic installation contractor to see if they can clean it or if they know another local professional that offers these services so that your system can stay in the best condition.
    - Tiffany Locke
  • That’s a great tip not to put anything heavy over the spot where the tank has be placed. I can see how that may cause problems for somebody later on. I wish I knew more about this kind of stuff, but I always enjoy reading about it to make sure I’m doing things right.
    - andreas stecker
  • I noticed that you mentioned how a septic tank needs to be pumped out periodically. How often would you suggest getting a tank pumped? I"d be interested to know since I want to take as good of care of my septic tank as possible.
    - Earnest Watkins
  • I am glad you said that septic tank cleaning and pumping is a must. My mom has to get a new septic tank because it was never pumped. Thank you for talking about how we are each responsible for our septic tank.
    - sutton turner
  • I appreciate how you say that you would want to consider knowing what to put in a septic tank. It would be good to know how to keep it clean. It would also be smart to regularly pump the tank in order to keep the pipes clear.
    - gloria durst
  • I want to make sure that I take care of my septic system. I didn’t know that there was maintenance to be performed! It might be a good idea for me to get a professional to take a look at it for me.
    - Braden Bills
  • I like how you say that you need to find a septic tank service that will inspect your tank when they clean it. It makes sense to find someone who is properly experienced to clean your tank because they would know if something in working order or not. I’ve lived in my home for a couple of years now, so we’ll have to get our tank pumped and checked to see if it needs maintenance.
    - Gloria Durst
  • I like that you point out that the service provider will know how frequently you should have the septic system cleaned. I can see why it would be so important to ask them about this when it is installed. It might also be helpful to make a list of questions to ask them when they come. That way, you don’t accidentally forget to ask them things.
    - Scott
  • My family and I recently moved into a home with a septic system. It’s definitely important that we learn how to maintain it correctly in order to avoid any major problems. I didn’t realize that something as simple as using single ply toilet paper could have an effect. We will also be sure to have the septic tank cleaned regularly. Thanks for sharing!
    - Annika Larson
  • I like your comment on how the size of your septic tank affects how often you clean it. I would imagine that knowing how often you need to have maintenance run on your tank would be an important thing to know. My husband and I recently moved into a new home so we’ll have to find a service that can come inspect our system and tell us how often maintenance needs to be run on it.
    - olivia nelson
  • I like that you said that a septic tank could only handle so much water. It might be a good idea to learn about how much water you can send through it at once. When my brother first bought his house he didn’t know that there was a limit to the amount you could out in the tank, later, he definitely regretted not learning about it.
    - John Ferrell
  • Thanks for the tip on flushing a quart of spoiled buttermilk down the toilet every few months! It’s good to know that this adds healthy bacteria to your septic tank naturally. We will try to do this regularly between professional treatments to help maintain the septic tank.
    - Georgia B.
  • I had no idea that doing 10 loads of laundry or more is not necessarily a good idea for your septic system. There are times when I have done this many. I’ll make sure I’ll keep it to five or less. I wouldn’t want to see my system flood.
    - Luke Yancey
  • It would be smart to have someone regularly inspect your septic system! That way, you can ensure that it is always staying in good condition. Then you won’t have to worry about it causing big problems for you! Or, at least, you can limit the amount of problems that arise.
    - Rosie Gaudet
  • Thanks for this helpful post on septic systems. I just moved into a house that has a septic tank, and I have never dealt with a septic tank before in my life. I like what you said about understanding your tank. I am glad I read this so I know a little bit more about how a septic tank works. Thanks for the help, I will have to have my tank serviced to make sure that it is performing well.
    - Jeff Curtis

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