Tips To Help You Successfully Keep Your Septic System Well And Maintained

Posted on: 9 October 2020

Homeownership entails a lot of responsibilities, including the sewer or septic system. A home on a septic system needs to be kept up so you have a continual flow of exiting sewage to prevent sewer backups and other damage. Here are some good tips to help you succeed as a home and septic system owner.

Locate and Manage Your System's Tank

One of the most important parts of handling your septic system is knowing where your septic system is located in your yard. Often a tour through your yard and the property around your home will help you find the septic tank, which can be located by the tank's lid or lids if it has more than one opening. 

If you are not able to find the hatch lids for your tank, you can contact the previous homeowner if you have just purchased the home, or you can research it with the local land records and the recorder's office. Look for an "as-built" drawing, which will be a drawing of your property's buildings and their relative location to the septic tank.

As another option, if you are still unable to locate your home's septic system, a septic professional can help you locate it within your yard. When this is the situation, the tank lid's are likely buried beneath the soil in your yard and it will take some experience and knowledge to locate the tank's position.

Once you find your tank, your septic professional can pump the tank's contents and check the interior for any problems, clogs to the drain field, or other issues that need to be corrected. After pumping your system, it is a good idea to mark its location with the installation of risers or by marking it with some low-root system shrubbery or distinguishable plants. If you want to rebury the tank lid after you have pumped your septic system, you can mark it with a metal object to easily find it later with the use of a metal detector. 

Maintain Your Drain Field Lines

The drain field lines that extend from your system's tank are established to drain off the liquid waste from your septic tank. The soil or gravel around the perforated drain pipes will absorb the liquid as it drains off the tank's exit pipe. However, if your tank gets overfilled before you have it pumped, it can result in the solids entering the drain field lines and clogging them. 

When this occurs, you will need to hire your septic professional to clean them out. Fortunately, they can use a plumber's snake and hydro jet to clear out the lines with clean water and restore them to an almost-new condition without any build-up inside them.

For more information about septic pumping, contact a local septic service.