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Septic System Maintenance: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Your Plumbing Running Smoothly

Maintaining your septic system is crucial for keeping your home's plumbing running smoothly. Neglecting routine maintenance can lead to clogs, backups, and even system failure. That's why it's important to have a basic understanding of how your septic system works and how to keep it in good working order.

What is a septic system?

A septic system is an underground wastewater treatment system that's commonly used in rural areas where there are no municipal sewage systems. It's made up of a septic tank, where solids settle and are broken down by bacteria, and a drain field, where wastewater is distributed and filtered through the soil.

Why is maintenance important?

A properly maintained septic system can last for decades. However, a poorly maintained system can lead to expensive repairs and even system failure. Regular maintenance can help prevent issues before they become major problems, saving you time and money in the long run.

How often should I have my septic system inspected?

It's recommended to have your septic system inspected at least once every three years by a professional septic system expert. During the inspection, the septic system expert will check the tank's level of solids, look for signs of leaks, and check the drain field's condition.

What can I do to maintain my septic system?

Here are some additional tips for maintaining your septic system:

1. Be mindful of what you put down the drain - Avoid pouring harmful chemicals, medicines, or food scraps down the drain. These items can interfere with the natural bacteria in your septic tank and cause it to function improperly.

2. Check for leaks - Keep an eye out for standing water or foul odors near your septic system. These could be signs of leaks that need to be addressed by a professional.

3. Install a lint filter - If you have a washing machine, installing a lint filter can help prevent lint from entering your septic tank and clogging it up.

4. Don't plant trees or shrubs near your septic system - The roots from trees and shrubs can infiltrate and damage your septic system, leading to costly repairs.

5. Use septic-safe products - Be sure to use only septic-safe cleaning products and laundry detergents, as other products can harm the natural bacteria in your septic tank.

By following these additional tips, you can help ensure that your septic system stays in good working order for years to come.

In summary, maintaining your septic system is essential for keeping your home's plumbing running smoothly. Regular inspections, proper flushing habits, and regular septic tank pumping are all key components of septic system maintenance. 

By being mindful of what you put down the drain, checking for leaks, installing a lint filter, avoiding planting trees or shrubs near your septic system, and using septic-safe products, you can help prevent costly repairs and ensure that your septic system lasts for decades. If you need help with your septic system, contact Maas & Sons for all of your plumbing needs today.