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5 Reasons You Need To Maintain Your Septic Tank

For some a septic system can seem like another item to add to a long list of ‘to do’s’. As we all know the longer the list, the easier it is to forget something on that list. While we can’t force you to maintain your septic system, we can tell you why it’s so important to do so. Keep reading to find out our top 5 reasons to maintain your septic tank.

Save Your Hard Earned Cash

Depending on your septic system, the size of your household and the size of your septic tank you should have regular maintenance on it every 2-5 years. Depending on the maintenance that’s required at the time it could cost anywhere from $150-$500. Now that may sound like a lot, but it’s much cheaper than replacing a septic system that has failed due to improper maintenance. That replacement could cost you thousands and even tens of thousands of dollars! Not only does a replacement cost you money, but it also tears up your yard and affects the rest of your plumbing.

Keep Your Family Healthy

The whole purpose of a septic system is to properly dispose of household wastewater while helping keep your water clean. It goes without saying that waste water contains hundreds, if not thousands of harmful bacteria. Your septic tank helps break down this waste using natural microorganisms, allowing the remaining water to be disposed of safely in your drain field. If your septic system isn’t functioning properly it could cause a back up into your home and even leak contaminants into the groundwater. Either of these will result in serious health risks for you and your family.

Make Your Neighbors Envious Of Your Lawn

Imagine this - you’re having a backyard BBQ and some people decide to walk over an area of your yard where they think the grass is exceptional. By the time they make it over they begin to feel a ‘squish, squish’ beneath their feet. To their surprise they just walked over your drain field, which is backed up and over-saturating your yard. It also happens to be the reason this part of your yard is much greener than the rest. Unfortunately this is a sign that your septic system is being overloaded and isn’t able to distribute the wastewater appropriately. This problem is serious and could be avoided by regularly maintaining your septic system.

Keep Our Environment Clean For Generations

We mentioned earlier that a septic system that isn’t functioning properly can result in untreated wastewater contaminating your surrounding groundwater. It doesn’t just stop there though. That same groundwater that’s filled with bad bacteria eventually makes its way into streams, rivers and even oceans, wreaking havoc on the environment around it. Not to mention it also affects our drinking water. Keeping your septic system properly maintained doesn’t only help yourself, but it helps our entire ecosystem.

Avoid A Septic Backup

If your septic tank isn’t being regularly pumped eventually your drains will become slower, leading to a backup. When that happens your wastewater has nowhere else to go besides back out of your household drain openings. The last thing you want is your household items being damaged by disgusting sewage. That damage can cause foul odors, structural damage, viruses and mold. You probably guessed it, but the best way to avoid this from happening is having your septic tank pumped on a regular schedule.

After reading this we hope that you have a better understanding of the benefits of having your septic system maintained regularly. If you live in Osage Beach Missouri and are not sure when the last time your septic system was pumped or inspected give 1st Choice Septic Pumping at 573-280-5052.

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