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How to take care of your septic system - latest septic system maintenance advice for homeowners to get the maximum septic tank life, maximum drainfield life, minimum septic system operating, maintenance, and replacement costs.
With rising septic repair prices and changing weather patterns due at least in part to global warming, septic maintenance is even more critical to keep a healthy home and yard and to avoid costly septic system repairs. Here is our updated septic system maintenance advice in a nutshell.
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As the EPS said in the original and brief article on septic system care, "if your septic tank failed, or you know someone whose did, you are not alone. As a homeowner, you are responsible for maintaining your septic system.
Proper septic system maintenance will help keep your system from failing and will help maintain your investment in your home. Failing septic systems can contaminate the ground water that you or your neighbors drink and can pollute nearby rivers, lakes and coastal waters." - [Original text, U.S. EPA, editing/additions by author]
People normally seem to forget about their septic tank and drainfield until there are odors, slow drains, sewage backups, or sewage coming up in the yard - signs of a septic system problem. You can greatly extend the life of a septic system by taking care of it. The most basic step in septic system care is to have the tank pumped on schedule. That's far more important than any magic additives, septic helper, or septic chemicals which usually are of little use and sometimes are downright harmful.
Here are ten simple steps that the US EPA suggested in order to keep your septic system working, with additional comments added by an experienced septic system inspector.
Also see SEPTIC TANK PUMPING SCHEDULE and see WHAT CAN GO INTO TOILETS & DRAINS?. The original content of this page was produced by the U.S. EPA with edits and addition of references to more in-depth information resources about onsite waste disposal inspection, diagnosis, repair, maintenance by DJF. If septic systems are new to you, see HOME BUYERS GUIDE to SEPTIC SYSTEMS.
The U.S. EPA does not regulate septic systems, however, state and local governments do regulate the use of these systems. Just about any question you could ask about residential septic system care, septic system maintenance, installation, design basics, tank pumping, field installation, and repair, is at our (DF's) Septic Systems Home Page. Owners and occupants of homes with septic systems and people who inspect or service septic systems should also review Septic System Safety --DJF]
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