If your home has a septic system then you should be aware of the maintenance schedule that is needed to keep it running smoothly. If you just purchased your first home with a septic system then it's important that you know how to maintain that system so that you don't end up with a costly bill if that system were to fail in some way.

How Do I Keep My Septic System Healthy?

This following schedule should ensure that you avoid any major sewage backups.

  • If your household includes 4 people or less, then you should have your septic tank inspected every 4 years.
  • If your household includes 5 people or more then you should have your septic tank inspected every 2 years.
  • If you use your garbage disposal several times a day - have your septic tank inspected every 2 years.
  • Your sewer lines should be cleaned out every 18 - 22 months.
  • Your septic tank should be pumped out and cleaned every 3 - 5 years.

You'll also want to follow these following recommendations as well to keep your septic tank as healthy as possible.

Is It Hard To Maintain A Septic Tank?

No, it really is not difficult to maintain a septic tank - as long as you follow the recommendations we listed above.

Just like anything else in home maintenance - it's important to keep up with a maintenance schedule in order to avoid possible problems.

Of course - septic tanks can have problems and knowing what they can be can help you to avoid them and of course identify them if they occur.

There are 8 common problems that septic tanks generally have:

  1. Clogs and Leaks
  2. Infiltration of roots from trees or plants
  3. Human errors when digging
  4. Excess water in the tank
  5. Non biodegradables in the tank
  6. Too much detergent
  7. Harsh chemicals

How Long Will A Well Maintained Septic System Last?

A well maintained septic tank can last many years. But it also depends on the material that the tank is made of..

  • Steel tanks last 20 - 30 years
  • Plastic tanks last 30 - 40 years
  • Concrete tanks last 40 years or more

If you have any questions about septic systems, call Atlantis Plumbing today at 770-443-8229. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.