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How to Keep Your Septic System Healthy

Updated on August 22, 2017

When a homeowner moves from the big city to a nice, quiet country home, it can be a big difference. One of the main differences is the fact that most homeowners will have a septic system for the first time.

One of the biggest mistakes that a homeowner can make is assuming that this will work just like plumbing in the city does. It is not as simple as flushing the toilet, running water, and then calling a plumber if the pipes get backed up.

Instead, there is a whole new component that is added to the system: the septic tank.

There are quite a few things that first time homeowners need to do to make sure they do to maintain their septic system, and to prevent future problems.

Learn About Them

The first mistake that homeowners make when they move into a home with a septic system is not taking the time to learn about them and how they work. For example, most homeowners that have never had to deal with one of these will not think to ask previous owners when the last time it was pumped was.

If they don’t know that, then they could suddenly wake up one day to discover that it needs to be pumped, or that there is some damage because it should have been pumped months ago.

There are a slew of other problems that homeowners may have to deal with because they simply don’t know enough about it. Instead, homeowners can avoid problems, and paying high repair bills, by taking the time to learn more about their septic system.

Watch What You Plant

New homeowners usually want to transform their house into a home as quickly as possible. This may include planting flowers, trees and so on, but homeowners need to watch what they plant.

Anything that has deeper roots can cause problems with the system, especially trees that grow into larger trees with massive roots. Those roots can cause a significant amount of damage to the pipes or the tank itself as they grow and stretch out.

Instead, homeowners should only plant flowers and grass, or other things that have small roots, near the pipes or other components.

Get it Inspected

Regular inspections are necessary for septic systems. A new homeowner should get the system inspected before moving into the home to make sure that there are not any problems with it. After that, inspections should be performed by a professional on a yearly basis.

This is important for a couple different reasons. First, regular inspections can let a homeowner know when a tank needs to be pumped. If the tank needs to be pumped and it doesn’t get pumped, the yard can get both messy and smelly quickly.

Second, regular inspections can let homeowners know about potential problems, which can help save money. For example, if a pipe has a small pinhole, an inspection of the pipes will reveal this. Then, a homeowner can have the pipe lined, which is much more cost effective than replacing the entire pipe.

Don’t Use A lot of Water at Once

Most people develop a routine for everything, including things like laundry. It’s usually more convenient to do it all on the weekend when one doesn’t have to work, cook as much, and so on. This doesn’t turn out so well for septic systems, though.

When a homeowner uses a tremendous amount of water at once, they can overload the septic system. Even if problems are not seen at first, the tremendous amount of wear on the system will make it wear out much faster than it normally would.

Instead, homeowners are advised to use water moderately, and to conserve water whenever possible.

There is a bit of a learning curve involved when it comes to septic systems, especially for homeowners that are not used to having one. When homeowners follow these easy steps, though, they can save themselves thousands of dollars in repairs and enjoy having a septic system that stays in good working condition.

© 2017 Amber Lynn

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