Most Florida homes operate with a septic system, and it’s important to provide regular maintenance to keep everything running efficiently and avoid bigger problems down the road.
At A to Z Statewide Plumbing, one of the most commonly asked questions we get is “How often a septic system should be pumped?” It depends on a number of factors, and they are:
- The size of the tank
- The number of people in the household
- How many gray water producing appliances are in use regularly
- How much medication a person is using, since large amounts can impact the bacterial action of the tank
At a bare minimum, a septic tank should be pumped every one to three years. However, if your regularly scheduled maintenance is still a months away, and you begin noticing:
- Standing water in the leaching area
- Lush vegetation
- Bad odor or slow drainage in household drains
- Sewage backup
It can be a sign of blockage, and maintenance work should be conducted as soon as possible.
Tips from A to Z Plumber
While pumping regularly is the best way to maintain a healthy septic system, home owners should also be conscious of what is going down into their system, and change some of their daily patterns. The following are some important plumbing tips:
- Never allow excess amounts of grease to enter your system
- Don’t allow a water softener system to drain into your septic tank
- Stagger laundry loads; you should never wash a dozen loads of laundry, allowing the soap to drain in the septic system all at once
- Never use large amounts of chemicals, such as detergents, bleach, or chemical cleaners
- Keep heavy equipment from driving or parking on your system
- Never ignore plumbing leaks. Any leak can quickly saturate the system and turn small problems into large ones very quickly.
If you have emergency plumbing problem, it could originate from your septic system.