Septic Tank Maintenance
Proper septic tank maintenance is important to ensure the system functions efficiently and to protect the environment and public health.
Full Circle Environmental LLC has these recommendations for septic tank maintenance:
Regular Inspection: Have a licensed septic system professional inspect your system regularly. In North Carolina, it's recommended to have your septic tank inspected every 3-5 years.
Pumping: Septic tanks need to be pumped out periodically to remove accumulated solids. The frequency of pumping depends on factors like tank size, household size, and water usage. As a general guideline, it's recommended to pump your tank every 3-5 years.
Water Conservation: Be mindful of water usage. Avoid excessive water use, such as long showers or leaving taps running unnecessarily. Fix any leaks promptly.
Proper Disposal: Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items like sanitary products, wipes, diapers, and chemicals down the toilet. These can clog the system.
Landscaping: Avoid planting trees or shrubs with deep roots near the septic system. Roots can infiltrate and damage pipes and the tank.
Drainfield Protection: Do not drive or park heavy vehicles on top of the drainfield, as this can compact the soil and disrupt the drainage process.
Avoid Harmful Chemicals: Avoid pouring chemicals like bleach, solvents, paints, and pharmaceuticals down the drain. These can disrupt the natural biological processes in the septic tank.
Address Problems Promptly: If you notice any signs of septic system issues, such as slow drains, odors, or wet spots in the yard, address them promptly. Delaying repairs can lead to more extensive and costly problems.
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