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Septic System Maintenance Review


Inspect and Pump Frequently

You should have your septic system inspected at least every 2 years by a professional and your tank pumped as recommended by the inspector (generally every 2 to 3 years). Systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components need to be inspected every two years. Ironically, as large of an investment as a septic system is, it is maintained far less frequently than the family car though your house septic system often costs as much as your family car. But unlike what is provided for the family car, a septic system rarely ever receives a "check-up". Instead, problems that occur with the septic are typically only addressed after back-up into the structure and you are forced to make repairs. Most homeowners give very little consideration to the fact that, if found early on, septic-related problems can be addressed or repaired before those problems become so large that the expense of fixing them cause a financial strain.

But how do you know something is wrong with your septic to begin with? Just as a 60,000-mile inspection and tune-up can help you to identify and prevent problems with your automobile, the only way you will be able to identify and prevent existing or potential problems with your septic is to inspect it, as well. Allowing sludge to build-up in the tank can cause carry over to the distribution area which can destroy the system.  Maintenance fees are small compared to the high cost of a new system.

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  • We create a file on your septic system
  • We send maintenance inspection reminders emails
What Does an Inspection Include? -  $250.00 
  • We retain records of your local health authority on your septic system and create a file for your convenience, and we store this information on our database.
  • Locating the system 
  • Uncovering access holes 
  • Flushing the toilets 
  • Checking for signs of backup 
  • Measuring scum and sludge layers
  • Includes a On-Site Evaluation of your septic system by a technician who will bring a copy of your septic system file and show you important components and maintenance issues for your particular septic system that would be helpful for you to know.
  • Identifying any leaks 
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Additional Services

  • Pumping the tank.  * Approximately $250.00 (pricing depends on tank size)

Use Water Efficiently

  • Install high efficiency showerheads 
  • Fill the bathtub with only as much water as you need 
  • Turn off faucets while shaving or brushing your teeth 
  • Run the dishwasher and clothes washer only when they’re full 
  • Use toilets to flush sanitary waste only (not kitty litter, diapers or other trash) 
  • Make sure all faucets are completely turned off when not in use 
  • Maintain your plumbing to eliminate leaks 
  • Install aerators in the faucets in your kitchen and bathroom 
  • Replace old dishwashers, toilets, and clothes washers with new, high-efficiency models 

Common Causes of Septic System Failure


Household Toxics
Oil based paints, solvents, and large volumes of toxic cleaners should not enter your septic system.

Household Cleaners
Any cleaners labeled with the words “danger” or “poison” are highly hazardous to your septic system.

Garbage Disposals
Using a garbage disposal frequently can significantly increase the accumulation of sludge and scum in your septic tank, resulting in the need for more frequent pumping.

Please see maintenance guide link - Technical Guidance


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