istock_8499249_small-220x220If you are a new or existing home owner who has purchased property in the countryside, then a septic system is your only option for waste and water disposal. This said, there are many specifics that you should know in order to avoid any unnecessary damage to the environment, or any unwanted costs to your bank account, by simply maintaining it in the right ways. So, are you a (new) homeowner? Do you own a home with a septic system? And, most importantly, do you know how your septic system should be monitored?

First, be careful about what goes down your drain. In order to maintain your septic’s longevity, and to avoid contaminating your family’s drinking water supply, try to avoid flushing any paint, grease, pesticides, solvents, antifreeze or any other similar substances into your toilets and/or drains according to Manotick Plumbing.   A helpful hint is to find liquid detergents without any phosphates – this won’t harm your local water quality.

Furthermore, don’t hesitate to walk through your drain field. This is an easy way to monitor the overall health of your septic system. If the ground feels soft, you could be in trouble as this typically means your septic hasn’t been drained recently. In order to avoid the possibility of any extensive costs, it’s recommended that your system is pumped (and inspected) every 3 to 5 years. This will prolong the life of your system. On the other hand, if you feel like your septic system isn’t working as well as it should be, you might want to check out what’s growing nearby your tank. It is possible that trees can uproot your entire system – it’s best to keep them away from the leaching bed in order to avoid clogging and/or damage.

Manotick Pumping Services have put together a list of resources that will provide you with any additional information you may be curious about regarding your septic system. You can find that list here.