Septic tank maintenance – showing your drainage system some love

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The importance of correct septic tank maintenance is more easily understood if you know more about what’s involved.

A properly maintained system will be more effective, have a longer life span and is unlikely to end up needing costly repairs.

What’s involved in septic tank maintenance?

Annual servicing by a professional is recommended to prevent issues like blockages. Servicing can also enable any repairs to be carried out as required.

High pressure jetting can help clean pipes, tanks and soakaways, removing any deposits or build up that may cause blockages.

Regular emptying is important, at least once a year – although this can vary depending on the number of people in the household or visitors.

If you’re unsure, there are several signs to look out for to see if your septic tank needs emptying.

These may include slow drainage, standing water and noisy pipes – but if you’re unsure, seek professional advice.

What can I do to maintain my septic tank?

Although a service from a qualified engineer is the best way to keep your septic well maintained, there are things you can do to help.

In between visits, you can maximise the lifespan and effectiveness of your system by thinking before you flush.

This means nothing other than toilet paper and human waste should go round the U-bend, including sanitary products and paper towels.

Avoid disposing of harsh chemicals as these could damage your system, such as paints, solvents and some cleaning products.

Use the same common sense in the kitchen. Cooking oil, fats and grease can solidify causing blockages in pipes and issues with the soakaway system.

Take care of your septic tank

It’s easy to forget about your septic tank when it’s buried underground. But, you should ensure the surface above is treated correctly too.

No parking vehicles or anything heavy like a skip, in order to lessen the chance of damage or service disruption.

And look out for boggy ground around the tank location, or dirty water backing up into the building.

By taking all of these common sense precautions, you’ll give your septic tank the best chance of functioning as it should for longer.

Still think your septic tank needs looking at?

If you’ve shown all the necessary love to your septic tank but still think it may need repairing or replacing, a professional survey is the answer.

To speak to a member of our helpful team about arranging a convenient time, please get in touch today.

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