How do I maintain my septic system?
The most important step in proper septic system maintenance is to be sure to schedule regular service calls by a septic professional. Have the system checked and the tank pumped every two to five years.
The second most important step is to be a responsible septic system user. It is important to conserve water, keep your drains clean of chemicals, grease and non biodegradable substances.
How often do I need to pump my septic tank?
This depends on water usage and the amount of waste entering the system. Generally, systems need to be maintained by a septic professional every two to five years.
How do I know where my septic is located?
The best suggestion is to contact the local local council to obtain a copy of the lot. Some homes may have a white pvc pipe sticking up in the yard, or a concrete square or round lid.
Can I landscape over my septic system?
It is beneficial to grow grass or ground covers over your septic system to prevent soil erosion. Evergreens such as pines planted absorb excess water, and are beneficial. Avoid water-loving trees such as willows or poplars. Be sure to map where you septic system is for easy access when needed.
I have never experienced any problems with my septic tank, do I have to have it pumped out anyway?
Absolutely! All septic tanks should be pumped out before you detect a problem otherwise you could ruin your soakage trench.