How to Save Money on Septic Maintenance

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Any home with a septic system can accumulate added expenses in upkeep. These costs can build up when your system experiences clogs, backups and other issues. By paying attention to your system’s needs, you can easily save on unexpected costs. Follow our guide to see how you can save money on septic maintenance.

Schedule routine service

Just like any home appliance, a septic system requires attention and care. All newer systems require preventative maintenance every six months which must be performed by an approved service provider. The Ohio Department of Health recommends that septic tanks be cleaned every two to four years, if left untreated, the septic system will be damaged and may begin to back up into your home. The tech will also evaluate your septic system during each visit and catch any minor issues before they become a bigger and more expensive problem.

Be mindful of what goes down the drains

One of the primary reasons for clogs and backups is due to what you put down the drain. Let’s start with the bathroom. It’s important to remember that anything that doesn’t belong in a septic tank should not be flushed down the toilet. You should avoid flushing items such as baby wipes, feminine products, hair and paper towels. Rather than breakdown like waste and toilet paper, these solids will sink to the bottom and take up space.

Drains like your kitchen sink can also cause problems when they are not taken care of properly. You might be tempted to throw grease down the drain after cooking. However, grease eventually solidifies and like those items from the toilet, it will sit in the tank and build up.

Make sure your tank has easy access

Before any technicians come to service your septic tank, you should have it ready and accessible. First, make sure you know the location of the tank. You may be charged an additional locating fee if workers have to spend extra time finding the tank for you. Next, have the lids exposed as best as you can. 

If your septic tank lids are buried deep underground, it will require extra time and tools for workers to get it out. This can lead to extra charges for the homeowner. If your septic tank cover is hard to access, It might be worth it to invest in installing a riser.

Conserve water

The whole disposal process of your septic system is determined by the amount of waste produced and the water used. When too much water is flooding your system, there’s less time for separation between liquids and solids. This may cause sewage water to back up into your home or out onto the secondary treatment. Being aware of your water usage will help you avoid those additional services calls.

Contact Supeck Septic Services

Is your septic system due for service? As Northeast Ohio’s largest septic provider, we offer exceptional routine care to help you stay on top of expenses. Make sure your system runs smoothly with regular maintenance from Supeck Septic Services. Contact us at (888) 725-0209 to schedule an appointment.