Simplify Your Septic Tank Maintenance
For simple and routine septic maintenance, Goebel has you covered.
At Goebel Septic, we help you maintain your septic system before and after unfortunate issues arise. Following these tips and being aware of the warning signs helps ensure a long-lasting sewage system and avoiding expensive repairs, protecting everyone's water supply.
It’s important to know how to properly care for your septic and what causes a system failure.
To ensure a long-lasting septic system, homeowners should understand the basics of septic maintenance. This is crucial to avoiding a health hazard and a costly burden.
Tips for septic system maintenance:
- Regularly inspect your system.
- Pump your septic tank as needed.
- Keep your septic tank lids closed and secured.
- Be water-wise; reduce the amount of household water used.
- Direct water from land and roof drains away from the drain field.
- Landscape with awareness.
- Keep septic tank lids easily accessible.
What not to do for septic tank maintenance:
- Don’t use a garbage disposal.
- Don’t flush anything except toilet paper into your septic system.
- Don’t put household chemicals down the drain.
- Don’t park cars and trucks on your drain field, reserve area, or septic tank.
- Don’t use septic tank additives.
- Don’t drain water from hot tubs into your septic system.
Common questions regarding septic maintenance
How do you maintain a septic system?
In most rural areas, septic systems function as both sewers and sewage treatment plants. All household waste, good or bad, is disposed of through the septic system. Proper operation of septic systems is essential to health, property value, and ecology.
How do you know when your septic needs to be emptied?
A clear sign that your septic tank needs to be emptied is clogged drains. If the drain is moving slowly when you flush the toilet, it could be due to a clog. If the clog is removed and everything is still taking longer than expected, the septic tank may be full and needs to be emptied.
How often do you need to empty septic?
As a general rule, you should empty your septic tank once every three to five years. However, the frequency varies depending on usage and how many people live in your household.
What happens after septic is pumped?
Your septic tank should return to a proper working level—holding liquid one foot from the top of the tank—within one week of septic pumping service. This allows for the separation of solids and liquid to happen. Only the liquid—also referred to as grey water—should flow out to the leach field pipes.