As a homeowner, it’s really beneficial to know the basics about your septic system. After all, when you understand you septic system, you’ll be more aware and keen as to when there are potential problems that could cause a significant issue. In the past, we’ve talked about a lot of things – maintenance, timely repairs, etc.; but really as a user it’s sometimes just better to get back to basics of what you NEED to know as opposed to what would BE NICE for you to know.
It’s vitally important that you know where you tank is located. We know that sounds pretty dumb, actually – but you’d be surprised at how many people purchase homes and have no idea where their tank is and don’t bother to learn. Not only is this important just because it’s part of the adult responsibility of owning a house, but it’s important for other reasons as well. Decisions like landscaping, planting, fertilizer – basically anything you do to your property – might in some way, shape or form effect your tank. It’s important to protect your septic tank and protecting it means knowing where it is and how you can access it.
Maintenance should be an afterthought
It doesn’t matter where your system is located, it doesn’t matter it’s make, model, the climate – at some point, your tank will NEED maintenance; usually because something went wrong; but we think it’s better to simply make routine maintenance a part of your annual or bi-annual calendar. You’ll have to get your tank cleaned, you’ll have random pings and dings that happen – you’ll need it. If your local lift station or septic tank provider provides ongoing maintenance services, then take them up on it!
No heavy stuff
…should ever be placed on top of a septic system. Building over either your tank or your drain field can cause massive problems. Yes, the system IS underground, but movement and activity on the surface can have a profound impact on the functionality of your septic system. Other heavy items – shacks, decks, sheds, and stone walkways – should also be avoided. The best thing you can do is simply mark your tank and drain field with simple plants, or unassuming markers that only you would recognize.
When you know the basics of a system, a lot of other things begin to fall into place and having a septic system can become more cost effective and efficient. Stick to these rules and you’ll save yourself a ton of headaches!