1. Inspect the tank for any signs of rust, cracks, or damage.
This is important to do annually in order to check for any signs of deterioration that could lead to septic system failure. Make sure to look over the entire tank and its components, including the lid and risers. Check for cracks or rust spots, as well as any other visible signs of damage.
2. Check to make sure that all pipes and joints are securely connected and sealed.
If you notice any loose joints or missing pipe sections, make sure to call a plumber immediately in order to fix the issue. This is important for keeping your septic system running properly and avoiding future problems.
3. Test the drain field to ensure it is functioning properly.
This should be done every three years at a minimum. Make sure to have a professional inspect the system for any potential issues such as insufficient drainage or infiltration of water into the soil.
4. Have a professional inspect the entire septic system at least once every three years (or more often if necessary).
A professional inspector will be able to check for any potential problems that may not be visible to the naked eye. They can also recommend any necessary repairs or maintenance tasks in order to keep your septic system running properly.
5. Clean out the tank regularly by removing any excess solid waste buildup with a pump truck or other suitable method approved by your local health department.
This should be done periodically in order to prevent clogs or backups that could lead to septic system failure.
6. Ensure proper water usage in order to maintain adequate levels in the tank and drain field for optimal performance.
Be conscious of how much water your family is using in order to avoid overloading the septic system.
7. Have your septic system inspected after major storms or flooding events.
Flood water can damage pipes and other components of the septic system, so it is important to have an inspection done after a major storm or flooding event.
8. Check for tree root intrusion into your drainage lines which can cause clogs over time.
Trees and their root systems can cause serious problems with septic systems. Make sure to check the drainage lines annually for any signs of root intrusion or clogs.
9. Have your tank pumped out as recommended by your technician (generally about every 3-5 years depending on usage).
This is necessary in order to remove any solid waste buildup that has occurred over time.
10. Schedule regular maintenance checkups with a licensed plumber or septic specialist.
Ensuring that your septic system is running properly will help to avoid major problems down the road. Have a licensed professional come out on a regular basis in order to check the system and make sure everything is functioning as it should be.