Septic System Maintenance: Think Beyond The Tank

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There's a lot more to your septic system and its maintenance than the tank alone, even if that is where the system's primary functions take place. If you're looking at long-term maintenance of the entire system you have to look beyond the tank and consider the system's drainage field. Protecting the entire system will ensure that it lasts longer and your total maintenance cost is kept down over the course of the system's functional lifespan. 

Combat the Clogs

Preventing clogs in your septic system isn't just a matter of good plumbing, but can also be a function of screening the waste you send out of your home in the first place. Where this concerns your drainage system is in the area of laundry waste water. That water often contains just as much lint as your dryer's screen, if not considerably more since the lint screen in your dryer only catches what wasn't rinsed off in the wash.

Fine mesh screens are available for use over the drain line for your washing machine to catch lint before it enters the septic system. Left to work its way into the soil, lint from your washing machine will eventually fill in the spaces between soil particles, preventing oxygen from penetrating and  suffocating the aerobic bacteria there. As the last stage in your waste water treatment, the dye off of aerobic bacteria in your soil will allow untreated wastewater to seep into the surrounding soil, affecting both your lawn and the water table your property feeds into.

Let Your Lawn Breathe

Even if you employ a screen over your laundry drain there is still the risk of soil compaction over time. No lawn is immune to it, and those with heavy use or foot traffic will end up getting packed down even more rapidly than others. Rather than avoid using your lawn at all, or barricading your drainage field, you can take on a periodic chore to both help your drainage field and improve your lawn as a whole.

Regularly aerating your lawn will ensure that the soil remains loose enough for air to penetrate into the drainage field around your septic system. In addition, grass will have an easier time putting down roots, allowing it to grow thicker and thrive.

Maintaining your septic system isn't limited to pumping your tank or keeping your family from flushing the wrong things down the toilet. In order to ensure the greatest longevity of the entire system, you have to also incorporate maintenance and preservation of your drainage field into your overall plan.

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