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How Often Should I Have My Septic System Serviced?

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How Often Should I Have My Septic System Serviced?

Your septic system is vital in keeping your property in habitable condition. The parts of your septic system work together to safely and efficiently remove the wastewater produced by your household.

Age-related deterioration can negatively affect your septic system’s functional ability and cause your septic tank to malfunction or overflow. An overflowing septic tank is a homeowner’s worst nightmare, as it can pollute nearby water bodies, disturb wildlife, and create an overall messy situation. 

L.J. Construction is the leading septic service provider in Sonoma County. Our team of professionals has years of experience providing property owners with septic system maintenance and repair for their Sonoma County properties. Continue reading to learn more about maintaining your septic system, or speak with a team member at (707) 823-0247. 

The Importance of Regular Septic System Maintenance

Septic systems need ongoing care and maintenance. Regular septic system maintenance addresses current problems and prevents potential future issues. It also increases the lifespan of your septic system.

Many experts recommend homeowners have a professional inspect and maintain their septic systems every three to five years. How frequently you should schedule professional maintenance depends on the number of people in your household and the amount of wastewater produced by your household. 

Some signs your septic system needs to be maintained include-frequent sewage backups, odors, pooling water, and a slow flushing toilet.

During maintenance, your septic system contractor inspects the system for leaks. They mark off the leach field and check it for clogs.

Tips to Care for Your Septic System

Watch What You Flush Down Your Toilet

Your toilet is not a trash can, so don’t treat it like one! Do not flush solid waste such as baby care products, including diapers and baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, contact lenses, cat litter, paper towels, paper tissues, condoms, and dental floss down your toilet as they do not break down easily and can sit in your pipes for weeks, even months, causing stubborn clogs.

Maintain Your Drain Field

Your drain or leach field plays an important role in sewage treatment. A clogged leach field can result in sewage backups. To unclog a clogged leach field, shock it with bacteria. Do not use chemicals, as they can kill the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank.

As a plant grows into a tree, its roots can penetrate the walls of your septic tank, affecting its ability to drain water and waste. To prevent problems, avoid planting plants near your septic tank. Do not park vehicles over the drain field.

Hydro jet Your Septic Tank

Hydro jetting your septic tank is a great way to get rid of stubborn clogs and build-ups inside pipes and drains. Hydro jetting removes the tiniest dust particle and can prevent future clogs. Have a professional hydro jet your septic every five years.

 L.J. Construction offers a full range of Sonoma County Septic Services. Our pros have years of experience maintaining and installing different septic systems. To make an appointment, call (707) 823-0247.