The key to a healthy septic system in Central Florida is preventative maintenance. The life span of a properly maintained and healthy septic system is about 20 to 30 years. Unfortunately, many systems are neglected, out of sight, out of mind, which leads to early deterioration, costly repairs and early replacement.
Follow these easy steps for a healthy septic system that will last for years
Inspection and Maintenance
Preventative maintenance program and an inspection are necessary for a healthy septic system. Inspections can catch potential issues before they become big expensive problems. Most maintenance programs include annual inspections. Contact Orlando Septic Service for our options.
Septic Tank Pumping
The average septic tank should be pumped every 2 to 3 years. However, every home is unique, with a maintenance program you can ensure your tank is not being over or under pumped.
Control the Water
Too much water in the drain field is a recipe for disaster, it can lead to the waste water filtering process to not work like it should. This can cause hazardous waste to seep into the ground water and wells. Ensure your gutters and drainpipes are facing away from the drain field and septic tank.
Keep the Tank Sealed
The ports and access lids to the septic system should always be tightly sealed. If they are not sealed properly or there are crevices or cracks where water can penetrate the system. Overloading the drain field and leading to a host of problems and health issues.
Know what you can put down the drain and flush down the toilet, and what you can’t. The more you know, the healthier you can keep your septic system. Avoid putting grease, oil, chemical, paint, or pesticides down the drain, they can clog and damage the septic system.
What about Additives?
Many homeowners add septic tank additives hoping to help their system run smoothly. Though these products claim to unclog drain fields and break up scum or sludge, instead they can actually harm your system by causing excessive frothing and killing necessary bacteria.
Be Prepared and Stay Alert
If you have a problems be prepared by having the phone number for Orlando Septic Services on hand and the drawing and proper site maps for your system available, this can save valuable time in an emergency.
Know where your major components of your septic system are located, drain field, lines and tank. Ensure they are easily accessible, don’t plant trees or bushes on top of the system and don’t park vehicles on top of them.
Ignoring septic odors will eventually lead to really big problems, such as percolating into the drinking water. The good news is it can be easily fixed by the professionals at Orlando Septic Services and for a limited time take advantage of our First Time Client Discount for 10% off our Septic Pumping Project.