Septic Tank Maintenance Tips

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Septic tank pumping in Wilmington NC is a fact of life for many of the city’s homeowners simply because so many of the homes in the southern part of the state have septic systems. Of course, if you’re new to the area or you recently purchased a home with a septic tank and you’re not familiar with them, then you’re going to want to make sure you learn what goes in to maintaining these systems because a failing septic system can be expensive to replace or repair.

Caring For Your Drain Field

Your septic system is made up of a holding tank and a drain field. The waste leaves your home through the plumbing pipes and enters the holding tank where the solids are broken down and the liquids are flowed through the drain field where the soil naturally filters out all of the impurities as the liquid returns to the ground.

A common problem that arises with septic systems is that homeowners don’t understand how to care for their draining field properly. The draining field should not have trees or shrubs planted over or near it or their roots may infiltrate the system and cause a clog. Likewise, vehicles should never be driven over the drain field because the weight of the vehicle could cause the pipes to break. Sump pump drains and rooftop drainage systems should be diverted from draining water into the drain field because the excess water could flood the system, causing it to malfunction.

Home Water Usage Tips

How your family uses water inside the home can impact how often your septic tank needs to be pumped, so practicing water efficiency will only help preserve your system. Here are a few tips on how to save water in the home:

  • Only use as much water as necessary when showering or taking a bath
  • Turn the faucets off while brushing your teeth or shaving
  • Only run the dishwasher or washing machine when a full load is available
  • Install aerators on your faucets
  • Replace older dishwasher or washing machine with newer, more efficient models
  • Check the plumbing lines for leaks periodically and repair immediately when necessary
  • Flush only waste and toilet paper down the toilet (no cat litter, dental floss, diapers, feminine products, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, etc.)

Schedule Your Septic Tank Inspection Today

A septic tank system should be inspected by a professional every two to three years and the tank should be pumped out as recommended. By practicing water efficiency and maintaining your septic tank system properly, you will not only avoid expensive tank replacement costs, but you will be protecting your investment in your home. If it’s been longer than three years since you had your septic system inspected and pumped, then you should contact Lewis Farms and Liquid Waste, Inc. today for professional septic tank pumping in Wilmington NC. Don’t put it off because once your system starts showing signs of failure, it’s already clogged.

Lewis Farms and Liquid Waste, Inc. can be reached by calling toll-free 800-624-2979 or, if you have an emergency problem with your septic system, please call our emergency hotline at 910-604-0049. We are licensed and insured and offer professional septic tank and grease trap maintenance and repair services in Wilmington, NC and throughout the eastern counties of the state.



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