Planning For System Care and Maintenance
Planning for Excavation & Septic
Many home and business owners learn about managing their septic systems and property grading the hard way but that doesn't have to be. Aaron is here to help and we'll start by providing you with this guide to planning for the long-term of your property.
For Excavation and Septic System Care...
- Know the location of your septic tank and absorption area. Keep a sketch of it with your maintenance records handy for all service visits.
- Have your septic tank cleaned regularly by a licensed contractor every 2 - 3 years.
- Keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and cleanings. Have risers installed if necessary.
- Conserve water to avoid overloading the system. Be sure to repair leaky faucets or toilets.
- Divert other sources of water (ie. roof drains, house footing drains, and sump pumps away from the septic system. Excessive water overloads the soil in the absorption area and keeps it from naturally cleansing the wastewater.
- Do not go down into a septic tank! Toxic gasses are produced by the natural treatment processes in the septic tanks which can kill in minutes. EXTREME care should be taken when inspecting a septic tank, even if just looking in.
- Do not allow anyone to drive or park over any part of the system.
- Do not plant anything over or near the absorption area except grasses. Roots from nearby trees or shrubs can clog and damage drain lines.
- Do not dig in your absorption area, build anything over it, or cover the absorption area with a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt. The area over the absorption area should have only a grass cover. The grass will not only prevent erosion, but will also help remove excess water.
- Obtain required health department permits before making or allowing repairs and ALWAYS use professional, licensed septic contractors when needed.
- Do not use your toilet as a trash can or poison your septic system and groundwater. Pouring harmful chemicals and cleansers can kill the beneficial bacteria that treat your wastewater.
- Do not use a garbage disposal without checking with your local regulatory agency to make sure that your septic system can accommodate the additional waste.
- Do not allow backwash from home water softeners to enter the septic system.
- Call the professionals whenever you experience problems with your septic system or if there are signs of system failure. This can help you avoid letting small problems become big ones.
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