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10 Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Septic Running Smoothly

We sat down with the guys from Anytime Septic to provide you guys with a few tips on properly maintaining your septic systems.

Think of your septic system like a car. With regular maintenance, fluid changes, and checking up on your system, it could have a lifetime of 20-30 years.  The same holds true for your septic system. Catching problems in their early stages during regular maintenance will allow you to address it then, potentially saving you thousands of dollars and preventing a total system failure.

  1. Have your Septic System pumped regularly.

The average home will need to have the septic tank pumped out every 3-5 years. Without regular system pumping, solids could overload the tank and sludge will seep into the leach field.

  1. Divert all access runoff away from your septic tank.

All gutters and drainpipes should be directed away from your Septic Tank and leach Fields. By diverting all access runoff away from your system, you are allowing the septic to treat the waste and greywater it was meant to treat effectively

  1. Make sure all access lids and ports are sealed tight.

Water can penetrate poorly sealed lids and ports. When water gets into these cracks the water can overload your septic tank.

  1. Have your Septic System inspected routinely.

When calling to have your system pumped, it doesn’t hurt to have your system inspected at the same time.

  1. Have the proper drawings and sitemaps for your system.

Knowing where your system’s components are will prevent accidentally crushing them or covering them with vehicles or buildings which ties into number 6.

  1. Do not cover or obstruct the System in any way.

Do not cover or obstruct the Septic System components or leach field with any building materials, plants, mulch, or plants.

  1. Don’t introduce Septic tank additives or “rejuvenators” in your septic tank.

The only bacteria you need in a healthy septic system is the natural bacteria that grows in the septic system.


  1. Do not flush any items other than septage or toilet tissues.

Using your drains as a trash receptacle is a sure fire way to destroy the healthy bacteria in your septic system and clog up the leach field. Replacing the leach field is an expensive job that should be avoided at all costs.

  1. Refrain from using heavy oils or cleaners.

Never dump cooking oil, grease, or the substance that cleans them in sinks or toilets. These substances float on water, they pose a threat of clogging the inlet pipes by filling up upper part of septic tank

  1. Do not plant large vegetation over your leach field.

Large root systems are liable to extending down into your leach field which will crack, impede, and basically destroy your system’s ability to deal with the effluent flowing from the septic tank.


Following these tips and inspecting your septic system regularly will ensure that you don’t run into expensive repairs.  Your septic system is one of the most important systems in your home, don’t neglect it! If you are ever in need of Septic Pumping don’t hesitate to call us Anytime.