When your home is set up with a septic system, it is important for you to know essential elements to keep it working well. Failure to do so can result in your septic system getting clogged or flooding into your yard, neither of which is an ideal situation. Below are some recommendations to care for and maintain your septic system.
Hire a Professional Septic Pumping Company
As a first rule of thumb, always follow your septic professional's recommendation for servicing and pumping your septic tank. As your septic tank collects waste from your home, the waste is going to settle to the bottom of the tank. Bacteria in the tank will work on breaking down the waste, but if it can't keep up, the waste will build up in a layer on the bottom of the tank. This is when you will need to hire a septic professional to pump the tank.
A septic professional will arrive and pump the tank to remove all the waste from your tank, and they can also clean out the interior of the tank. This will allow them to check the interior structure of the tank and also the drainage screen leading to the drain field. This will make sure your tank will continue to work well for the next few years until it will need to be pumped again. Contact a company that offers septic pumping services to learn more about the process.
Take Care of Your Drain Field
Between tank pumpings, your tank can get full of sludge and scum. Your septic system drain field is an important part of your septic tank and allows the excess waste water to seep into the soil when it drains from the tank. If the soil and site surrounding the drain field are inefficient or compromised in any way, the waste water is going to flood the area and cause problems with the groundwater and the odor in your yard. Excessive waste water flooding the soil site is going to make your yard swampy and smell of raw sewage. A healthy drain field will allow the water to slowly percolate into the surrounding soil, settle downward, and get absorbed by soil and surrounding vegetation.
It is important to keep your home's roof drainage flowing well away from your drain field site. Also keep vehicles off the drain field soil and watch the type of vegetation that you plant or allow to grow there. For example, you don't want to plant trees or large shrubbery near the drain field, as their roots will grow into the drain field soil and cause damage to the lines.