When you have a septic system, keeping it balanced and healthy is essential for how efficiently and effectively it works. Here at American Waste Septic, we want to make sure your septic system is working as it should with these important tips.

Keep Your Septic System in Great Shape With These Helpful Tips [infographic]

  • Find a quality septic contractor- One of the best things you can do when you have a septic system is hire a quality septic contractor! A good contractor will know what to look for and how to take care of your septic tank, and they can give you tips that can keep it in good working order.
  • Pump your tank out regularly- Many different factors contribute to the timing of pumping out your tank. Things like the size of your tank, household size, and water usage are all important. On average, your tank will need to be pumped every 3-5 years.
  • Watch out for red flags- If you have gurgling pipes, wet grass over your septic system, foul odors coming from clean toilets, or backflow of your drains, you could be having an issue that needs professional attention.
  • Know when to call for emergency services- There are times when emergency services are warranted and times when it is better to wait until the next day to call. Make sure you know which issues are true emergencies.
  • Don’t forget the importance of maintenance. Septic system maintenance is a great way to prevent costly emergency repairs and maintain the integrity of your septic system. With regular maintenance, you can look for would-be problems before they become issues.
  • When in doubt, throw it out. If you are ever unsure if something can be flushed or poured down one of your drains, play it safe and throw it away instead. Things poured or flushed down your drains can cause damage to your tank, and it’s better to be safe than sorry in the case of septic systems.
  • Pay attention to septic needs before real estate deals. Before closing on a home or business property, be sure that you have the septic system inspected by a professional.
  • No need for gimmicks. There are many products out there that claim to boost the health of your septic system with solutions or items you can pour down your drains. Septic systems already have plenty of good bacteria, and gimmicks like these do nothing but waste your hard-earned money.