Wondering how to maintain your septic system? The number one thing to remember is that there is nothing that takes the place of having your septic tank pumped. Your septic tank needs to be pumped every three to five years. This is what DHEC recommends. A septic system is usually out of sight and out of mind, which is why we like to remind people that it needs maintenance like most of your home’s other systems. There are a lot of products on the market that make claims to be beneficial to your septic tank and some even claim to take the place of pumping and it’s just not true. We recommend not wasting your money on products like these. Anything that is added to your system is going to deter what the system is designed to do. A septic system is designed to hold bacteria, so you don’t want to disturb or kill it. Its job is to break everything down in your septic tank so it has to be present to work properly.
Another thing you want to avoid is allowing grease from your kitchen to get down in your system. When grease cools and hardens, it can clog your system up, resulting in costly repairs. One more thing to be mindful of is allowing strong cleaners to enter your septic system. This usually happens when cleaning toilets and bathtubs. These types of cleaners have chemicals in them that kill the good bacteria off in your septic tank. Try and keep these to a minimum.
The best maintenance is a simple pumping. Here at Septic Connection, we offer maintenance plans, and the good news is that you will come out cheaper if you call us and sign up for one. Please give us a call if you would like to discuss any of the problems mentioned or to see about pricing for a maintenance plan. Our number is 864-682-3330. We look forward to hearing from you.