Often times, people don’t think about their septic systems until there’s a problem that necessitates a NJ septic inspection or worse, a repair. But, by incorporating simple measures into one’s daily routine, it’s easy to avoid septic system problems.
Here are some tips from NJ septic inspection company Classic Septic Inspections to help maintain your septic system.
1. Watch your water usage.
Septic systems are designed to handle a finite capacity, so it’s important to not use too much water day to day. Average daily water usage is 65 to 70 gallons per person, and most systems are designed for 200 gallons for the first bedroom and 150 gallons per bedroom after, so it can be easier to overload than you might think. Check for leaking toilets or faucets that can flood the system! Using less water will not only help keep your septic system moving smoothly, it’s also good for the environment!
2. Don’t use the septic system as a trash can.
Though it’s tempting to flush un-biodegradable items down the toilet and out of your life, it’s important to use you septic system for sewage only. Foreign items clog up the pipes and affect the natural bacterial breakdown of sewage in your septic tank. They may cause slow drainage, and system backups that will end up requiring a NJ septic inspection to diagnose the problem. Throw your garbage in the garbage can!
3. Protect and maintain the system.
It’s easy to forget about your septic system, but like everything else in the home, a little maintenance goes a long way. Keep the area above your drainage field clear of heavy items, i.e. cans., sheds, etc. and vegetated overgrowth. Don’t drive any vehicles over areas covering parts of your septic system. Make sure to fix leaky fixtures or pipes and deal with clogs quickly to avoid worsening problems.
4. Keep track of how often you service your septic tank.
They say the best defense is a good offense. Proper maintenance of your septic system is a good way to avoid unwelcome surprises or problems that come an “out of sight, out of mind attitude”. One good way to check this is to get a periodic septic system inspection.
If you suspect problems with your septic system or would like to insure it is working properly, schedule an inspection with Classic Septic Inspections.
Classic Septic does not do septic system repairs. We are strictly an inspection company. What that means for you is that you get an honest evaluation of your septic system. We have nothing to gain if your system needs repair or maintenance. We simply inspect your system to help keep your home environment healthy and free of septic hazards.
For more information on septic inspections in NJ, call our team at 973-900-1330.