Four ways you can avoid drain field contamination

While no one likes to think about it or talk about it – it is possible for septic systems that are improperly maintained or damaged to pollute drinking water. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your system is continuously maintained. 

Today, we’re going to discuss some of the things you can do and monitor in order to avoid this from ever happening. Let’s jump right in!

Only trust a tank specialist with your installation

Installing septic tanks is a complex and skill-specific project. It should never be taken on by someone who doesn’t exclusively specialize in installation. Over 90% of septic tank issues occur largely because of problems from the initial installation and avoiding those is essential to keeping a healthy, properly functioning system. 

Maintaining your tank

Whether it’s pumping or just getting your tank checked – you should be scheduling a check up for your septic tank every 2-3 years; although you can get away with a little longer period of time if you have a higher capacity tank. This is important as unexpected issues can be caused by tree roots, rocks and other debris that can sometimes make their way into your plumbing. By getting your tank inspected regularly, you can address potential problems before they become big issues.

Take care of your tank

Treating your system with care is a responsibility you have, yourself as the owner. Avoid flushing foreign and hard materials down your drains and whatever you shouldn’t put down the drain – don’t. This will prevent a whole swath of issues -from back up, contamination and even tank damage. 

Pumping your tank

We mentioned this a little bit above, but it’s absolutely essential that your septic tank gets pumped. Failing to pump out a full tank can result in backflow into your home or even runoff from your tank and into your drain field. That can then flow downhill or seep into the soil and potential contaminate water sources. Get your septic tank checked!

If you’re looking to get your tank maintained or suspect that you may be having issues with your septic system, give us a call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Good luck!