Seriously Septic

Getting Serious about Septic Fields

It is so important to maintain your septic tank in order to avoid costly problems later down the road. The first thing you should remember to prevent clogging up your disposal field is to never pour cooking oils, grease, paper towels, sanitary products, and other garbage down your disposal or toilets. Also, reduce the amount of chemicals you are allowing into the tank such as detergents, bleach, paint, and paint thinners. The more water you add to the tank, the more stress you are putting on it too, so it would be helpful to limit the amount of water you allow to be drained into the tank (don’t drain hot tubs or pools into the tank).

Next, keep in mind that you should be getting the tank pumped regularly. It will depend how often you need to get it cleaned out based on the amount of people living in the household. For residential, tanks should be pumped once every three years. You also want to make sure the tank is easily accessible. We’ve recently seen septic fields that are underneath decks and pools. That is a big problem and your deck would have to be ripped off in order to service the field.

If you haven’t done the maintenance regularly and see areas in your yard that are wet all of the time, or if there is a foul odor emitted, consult with a septic company to come out and inspect the tank. Replacing the septic field can be a very costly repair and we as realtors, have seen this issue come up in recent transactions. Just remember that spending a little money now to maintain will be worth it in the long run and save you from an even bigger wad you will have to spend later.


If you need your septic tank cleaned or inspected, try the trusted company we recommend:

Howell Sanitary


Family owned business founded by Lloyd Wellman in 1948.

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