What Are the Advantages of Septic System Pumping and Maintenance?

septic pumping advantagesWhen was the last time you scheduled a septic pumping, if ever? Neglecting routine maintenance can cause problems down the road. As you will see, the advantages of septic pumping go well beyond clog prevention.

Septic Pumping Benefits at a Glance

With respect to septic upkeep, homeowners tend to have an ‘out-of-sight-out-of-mind’ mentality. This attitude may keep you from experiencing the advantages of an annual cleaning. Regular pumping keeps the water clean. A backed-up septic could potentially contaminate the freshwater supply. Maintenance ensures bacteria and other harmful effluent stay out of the water the household uses on a daily basis. Thus you benefit by staying healthy.

Prevents Odors

A properly running septic system disposes wastewater into the leach/drain field. A backup can cause the waste to overflow into the soil, creating boggy and unsanitary areas. This also leads to foul odors similar to rotten eggs and sewage. It can also create a miasma known as sewer gas, which consists of methane and ammonia gas from household waste. The smell is not unlike sour mayo and is quite puke-inducing. Continue Reading →

Septic System Do’s and Don’ts

septic system do’s and don’tsUsing your septic system correctly is an important part of keeping your home running smoothly. When it’s working properly, the septic system runs in the background, so you probably don’t give it much thought. If it backs up, though, no one in your household is going to be happy until the problem is fixed. Knowledge of a few critical do’s and don’ts will help you keep your septic system working properly.

Do’s and Don’ts for Your Septic System

Do familiarize yourself about the location of your septic system and the drain field. Either make a sketch or take photos of it when you have it pumped out.

Don’t plant anything over or close to the septic system or the drain field, except grass. Tree and shrub roots can migrate over to the drain lines, potentially leading to clogs and damage. Continue Reading →