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If you can turn these ideas into habits for the whole family your septic system will thank you. While these habits are crucial, there are other practices that are extremely important to your septic system. We organized these into a step by step process so that if you are new to a septic system you know where to star
Know where your septic system is.
- Look for concrete, plastic, or cast iron lids in your yard.
- Also look for plastic pipe sticking up; there is usually one or two of these near the house. These are called “clean outs” and can be used to unplug a sewer line by a pipe snaking company. There may be some further away from your home that are used to analyze your leach field.
- If you cannot find any of these in your yard but you know that you have a septic system, call your Septic Service Provider to locate your system.
- Get an As-Built or Record Drawing of your system location and keep it in your files. Your service provider should be able to provide this service.
Routine Maintenance and Preventative Maintenance
- Certify that all important components are in place and functioning. One component in particular, the outlet tee or outlet baffle is absolutely critical. Your service provider should be able to determine if this component is present and functioning. For more information about the importance of an outlet tee, check out our article here.
- There are some components that need routine maintenance, such as an effluent filter or lift pump and alarm components. Make sure you know how often you should clean and test these components to prevent failure. Again your service provider should be able to determine this for you. For more information on an effluent filter, click here.
Get it pumped at least every 4 years.
- The time between each pumping depends on how many people live at the house and how well they use it. For any home with more than 4 people living there we recommend pumping every 2-3 years.
Plan ahead for home additions.
- Any home addition changes the water use in the house. Whether or not you will have someone living in the new guest bedroom, the county sees that as a potential number of people who could use the system at any given time. This means that your system may need to be adapted to accommodate the new (or potential) users. Call your service provider if you are planning on an addition to your home.
- The county does not care how many bathrooms you have, they only care about bedrooms. They count anything that has a closet and a window as a bedroom. So if you are building an office that has a closet and a window, this counts too!
If you have more questions, please feel free to contact John Todd Company at 303-791-0520. Stay tuned for more on septic systems!