Septic Tank Maintenance: When Is It Necessary?


Septic Tank Maintenance: When Is It Necessary?

The old adage “if it’s not broken, don’t fix it” should never apply to septic tank maintenance. Septic tank system owners often fail to realize the importance of regular septic tank maintenance (until it is too late). They assume that since they have not experienced any problems— everything is working as it should and there is no reason to be concerned. Unfortunately, their misconception combined with a lack of action can lead to serious, costly repairs in the future.

The Consequences of Not Pumping Your Septic Tank

Regular pumping of your septic tank reduces the chances that solids (or material not consumed by bacteria) will enter the drain field. If solids enter the drain field, over time, they will reduce its draining efficiency until eventually it will not drain at all (and thus, will need to be replaced). This will lead to a full and/or overflowing septic tank, potential sewer backups in your home and the possibility of sewage backing up into your yard.

The Benefits of Septic Tank Pumping and Filter Cleaning

Regular septic tank maintenance is extremely important to maintain its proper function and to protect your drain field. Regular pumping combined with periodic filter cleaning helps reduce the amount of solid particles (and as stated above, these solid particles are detrimental to the absorption fields). A septic tank filter is a device connected to the outlet “T” of the septic tank. Its primary function is to filter the effluent/waste water by capturing solid particles before it enters the absorption field. Periodic inspection and cleaning is necessary to maintain filter efficiency. Signs that your filter needs servicing are 1. Slower than normal drainage and/or 2. Wastewater overflowing from the septic relief valve or gully.

How often should you pump a Septic Tank System?

Several circumstances within your household (such as the number of occupants) can increase the frequency of necessary septic tank maintenance. It is up to you to determine the schedule. However, according to the MASSDEP (“Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection”), you should evacuate your septic system at least once every three years. Since garbage disposals put additional strain on your septic system by introducing grease, detergents and other products that could be detrimental to your system, MASSDEP recommends increasing your septic tank pumping schedule to once every year when your home is equipped with one.

With regularly scheduled care and maintenance, your septic tank system will provide many years of uninterrupted service. For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.

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