8 Effective Tips for a Trouble-Free Septic System

The septic system serves as your home’s sewage treatment facility. If it fails to operate smoothly and effectively, it would primarily contaminate your water supply and environment – threatening your family’s health and safety.

To ensure a trouble-free plumbing system and extend its lifespan, it does not take much to keep an eye out for the following tips on septic maintenance:

  1. Observe routine inspection and maintenance.

Contact a qualified professional to inspect and monitor the proper functioning of your septic system. Be sure to keep track of the maintenance records on the work performed by the septic specialist. Important details such as the mapped locations of the different septic components and the scum levels found in your tank should be noted.

  1. Schedule the septic tank for periodic pumping and cleaning.

Although the bacteria in the septic tanks are responsible for the decomposition of wastes, not all the sludge at the bottom of the tank is fully broken down. Septic cleaners make use of a seepage waste transporter that hooks up to the septic system, pumps out its contents, and disposes it all safely away from the property.

  1. Use water wisely and efficiently.

Homeowners should be water-wise; cost-effectively conserving and efficiently using the natural resource. The discharged water from the household is winded and sent to the septic system, so huge amounts of water wastes can result to the “drowning” of your field.

For smart water usage, install high-efficiency toilets and tap aerators and low-flow shower heads which reduce water consumption. Inspect your taps and fixtures and make necessary repairs immediately if needed. Using the washing machine with only a small load of laundry is such a wasteful practice. Run it with full loads only.

  1. Do not use excessive volumes of household chemicals.

Household products like drain cleaners, detergent, bleach and pesticides help us finish our chores quickly. However, the excessive volumes of these chemicals dumped into the septic system kill the beneficial bacteria that decompose the solid wastes. Insufficient number of bacteria weakens the system as it slows down the decay of build-up.

  1. Avoid using septic-system additives.

Pumping can be costly so some homeowners make use of cheaper and easily available septic-system additives. Contrary to their purpose, chemical additives damage the tank due to their corrosive ingredients (e.g. sulphuric acid).  It also made rise of environmental concerns since these toxins may leak into the soil and groundwater.


  1. Observe proper disposal of food wastes and garbage.


Prevent sewage system problems by making sure only human wastes and toilet paper are flushed down your toilet. Products that are commonly mistaken as “flushable” like wipes, sanitary napkins, tampons, condoms, grease oils and medicines should be disposed in the bin, rather than flushing or pouring it down the drain.


  1. Limit the use of garbage disposals.


Use the garbage disposals moderately to decrease the accumulation of grease and solid wastes that enter the septic tank. Dispose large quantities of food wastes in the garbage bin.



  1. Take care of your drain field.


It is highly important to avoid disturbing the ground where your septic system is installed. Hence, avoid driving or parking on the drain field to avoid the soil from being pressed down and the pipes from being ruptured due to the increase in pressure. For landscaping purposes, just plant shallow-rooted grasses and shrubs over the field as well. Never construct any structure like patios and sports courts over the surface.