Recommendations For Septic System Maintenance And Cleaning

Your home is your sanctuary, and just as you don't want it getting damaged from winds or snow, you want to keep it protected from sewage backups and problems. Keep your septic system in good condition with regular pumping and cleaning and your septic system won't ever be at risk of backing up on you. Here are some recommendations to help you plan for and arrange septic tank maintenance and cleaning services for your home's waste system.

Keep Septic Records

As a homeowner or septic system user, it is important to care for the septic system with regular maintenance and cleaning. Keeping a record of all your septic system maintenance will provide helpful information to your septic professional when it is time to check or pump your septic tank. If, for example, your home's septic line became clogged several times over the past couple years, your septic professional will need to know this so they can investigate the problem further by inspecting the line with a camera and pumping your tank so they can do an interior inspection during the next service.

You should also keep a record of your septic tank's location in relation to your property and home's features. For example, if your drain field is situated on a patch of lawn, you will need to watch the lawn for signs of saturation or excessive greening, which are signs your septic drain field is flooding the area. Your septic professional will need to pump out the tank and make sure it and the drain field do not have any clogs caused by solid waste.

Arrange Timely Cleaning

After you have begun to keep good records of your septic system's location in your yard and its timeline of service calls or problems, you and your septic professional can have a better understanding of the condition of your tank system. This will help your septic professional understand how frequently you may need to clean out the tank to prevent flooding into the drain field and also to prevent the tank from getting too full, which can cause sewage to back up into your home.

Your septic professional can complete a level check of your septic tank to measure the level of scum and sludge in the tank. The scum floats on the top and the sludge sinks to the bottom, and any time their levels get too near your tank's exit line, your tank will need to be pumped. However, this provides you an opportunity to have the tank interior and sewer lines cleaned through a hydro-jet cleaning, which essentially scrubs the interiors to remove sludge buildup that can lead to clogs.

Contact a company that offers septic tank cleaning services to learn more.