Top 5 ways to maintain a healthy septic system

Top 5 ways to maintain a healthy septic system

Top 5 Ways To Maintain A Healthy Septic System

#1 – Regular Pumping: Regular pumping is necessary to keep the solids in your septic tank from accumulating and clogging the system. Experts recommend pumping every 2-3 years, depending on the size of your tank and the number of people using it. Pumping it from the proper tank openings is also EXTREMELY important. You can learn more about that in our blog post The Right Way To Pump Your Septic Tank


#2 – Water Conservation: Excessive water usage can overload your septic system and cause it to fail. You can conserve water by fixing leaky faucets, using low-flow showerheads and toilets, and spreading out laundry loads. A great way to think about this is no more than two loads a day.

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#3 – Proper Disposal: Flushing non-biodegradable items like baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and paper towels can damage your septic system. Remember the Three – P’s! – Pee, Poop, and Paper (toilet paper only). Also, avoid pouring grease, oils, and chemicals down the drain as they can clog and damage the system. Also…. You do not need to ADD any chemicals to your septic tank to make them work better or to prevent pumping service! They don’t work and actually cause more harm than help!

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#4 – Avoid Overloading: Be mindful of the number of people using your septic system and avoid overloading it. You can reduce the load by spacing out activities that use a lot of water, such as doing laundry and taking showers.


#5 – Regular Inspections: Regular inspections can help identify problems before they become severe. A licensed septic system inspector can inspect your system and provide advice on how to maintain it properly. Inspections are recommended every 2-3 years. 


At Priority Pumping, our main goal is to educate our customers so that they know WHAT kind of system they have and HOW to properly maintain and use it. If it’s been more than 3 years since you opened up your septic tank, give us a call! 

We now offer a Septic Inspection Service (outside of the real estate inspection) This service includes a thorough pumping of the septic tank, inspection of all working components in the tank, and a flow test to the disposal field to make sure the disposal field is properly working.

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Tanya Wilson

Tanya Wilson is the owner and CEO of Priority Pumping. She loves the wastewater industry and all of the opportunities for consumer education.

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