How Often Should A Septic System Be Professionally Serviced?
Professional septic system maintenance includes a number of important steps and procedures:
- Accurate measurement and testing of the system’s overall health
- Removal of excess solids and sludge build up
- Cleaning and clearing pipes
- Checking for mechanical or electrical problems
- Drain field maintenance including digging etc.
Replacing or repairing parts, including filters and pumps
If you choose not to have your septic system regularly maintained and pumped, it could result in excess buildup, meaning that sewerage could backup into your home, along with non-functioning drains, toilets, and bad odours.
How To Maintain A Septic System Between Servicing Calls
As the owner of a septic system, there’s a lot you can do day-to-day to maintain overall health and functioning. These include:
- Using water efficiently
- Being mindful of what you put down the drain (avoiding harsh chemicals, garbage, or greasy substances)
- Keeping your drain field clear
- Maintaining a record of repairs, and keeping to a schedule for regular professional inspections
Generally, toilet paper should be the only “outside” solids you introduce to your system. The best toilet papers to use for septic systems will be those that break down the quickest. As such, look for toilet paper labeled as “biodegradable”, “fast dissolving”, or “recycled”.