Your Deltona septic tank is a crucial aspect to your home, so having proper maintenance is essential for keeping it running efficiently.
Your Deltona septic tank is a large, watertight container that is installed underground. The purpose of it is to move all of the water and waste from your home through a system of pipes where it’s filtered and released into a drain field system.
Here are some key maintenance tips to help extend the life of your system and keep it running it at its highest level.
Inspect Your Tank Once A Year
Although the Environmental Protection Agency recommends, you pump your tank every three to five years, having routine inspections can help prolong the life of your tank significantly. By having these inspections, you’re able to catch any issues before they become more significant problems for your home. You can also determine whether you need to pump more frequently or less often depending on your usage.
Maintaining Pumping Schedule
As stated before, the EPA recommends you stick to a regular pump out schedule of every three to five years depending on the size of your tank and the amount of usage it sees. Regular pumping ensures that nothing will flow from your tank into your drain field. It also can prevent system failures. It’s important not to wait until a problem arises to pump, stay ahead of trouble, and you can significantly extend the life of your system.
Keep Accurate Records
Having accurate records will allow you to keep on top of your septic tank’s repairs. These records should include a thorough diagram of the location of your system as well as all service records and maintenance done. This will not only help you keep on top of your upkeep, but can also benefit future owners.
Practice Water Conservation
The more water you use, the more strain you put on your system. By lessening the amount of water you use, you can improve the life of your drain field and prevent any potential system failures due to overuse.
Watch What You Flush Into Your System
Your system is there to help move water and waste from your home, but that doesn’t mean you can flush anything you want down your drains. Certain items are designed to dissolve in the system, but others aren’t able to so they will continue to build up and block your system.
Items you should never put into your system include:
- Fats or grease
- Sanitary napkins or feminine products
- Paper towels or rags
- Coffee grounds
This is one of the most important aspects of keeping your Deltona septic tank running the way it’s meant to and preventing any future problems.
Keep Traffic Off Your Drain Field
Something you may not think of is the kind of traffic that moves over the area where your system is installed. Heavy machinery, motor vehicles, or even livestock should never move over your septic tank and drain field system. It can create pressure in the soil and cause it to damage the pipes. You should also never plant or build over the system without seeking approval from the health department. You may accidentally hit a pipeline which can cause sewage to leak from your septic tank. This can be a severe health concern for your family and those near your property.
If you need further advice on how to care for your Deltona septic tank system, give us a call today! We can provide tips on how to extend the life of your system and show you what signs to be on the lookout for.