What Makes a Septic System “Healthy”?

Healthy teeth and gums come from regular brushing, flossing, annual cleaning and check-up at the dentist. Healthy bodies come from eating right and exercising on a regular basisseptic-system-diagram-ncsu.  Healthy vehicles come from using the right fuel, changing the oil, checking the fluids and rotating the tires. Healthy Septic Systems happen when the septic tank is cleaned out on a regular basis, and a general check-up is completed to make sure everything is operating properly.

Wastewater in a healthy septic system flows properly, is filtered by soil and evaporates before contaminating watersheds.
Unlike this photo of a saturated drainfield, Wastewater in a healthy septic system flows properly, is filtered by soil and evaporates before contaminating watersheds

A well maintained septic system can provide many years of low-cost, reliable service to your home.  Taking care of your septic system is taking care of yourself, your wallet, your investment and the environment.  Without proper maintenance and inspections, septic systems can fail.  When a septic system fails, inadequately treated human waste can spread bacteria and viruses, which could contaminate drinking water, causing dysentery, hepatitis, and typhoid fever.

Maintaining your home septic system:

Prevent serious health issues in the environment by maintaining your septic system.
Prevent serious health issues in the Environment by maintaining your septic system.
  • Prevents small problems from becoming BIG, expensive messes.
  • Protects and maintains a healthy community watershed and environment.
  • Improves the value of the home when it’s time to sell.

Tips for Maintaining Your Septic System (from NCSU: Click to read the full article)

  • Do not put too much water into the septic system; typical water use is about 50 gallons per day for each person in the family.
  • Do not add materials (chemicals, sanitary napkins, applicators, and so on) other than domestic wastewater.
  • Restrict the use of your garbage disposal.
  • Do not pour grease or cooking oils down the sink drain.
  • Make a diagram showing the location of your tank, drainfield, and repair area.
  • Install a watertight riser over the septic tank to simplify access.
  • Have the effluent filter in the septic tank cleaned periodically by a professional.
  • Have the solids pumped out of the septic tank periodically.
  • Maintain adequate vegetative cover over the drainfield.
  • Keep surface waters away from the tank and drainfield.
  • Keep automobiles and heavy equipment off the system.
  • Do not plan any building additions, pools, driveways, or other construction work near the septic system or the repair area.

If you haven’t had your septic tank pumped within the last 3 years, call Lentz Septic Tank Service to schedule your next pumping service.  Ask for a FREE “10 Tips for a Healthy Septic System” card and a magnet.

Call For Septic Tank Pumping 704-876-1834

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