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It’s incredibly important for you to keep your septic system well-maintained. The average cost of a septic system replacement is $26,000. To limit your risk of ever having to pay this large sum, the most important “do” for your septic system is to keep it maintained by following our 3-step septic maintenance regimen.
The first step is to schedule regular pumping service. If you haven’t had your septic system pumped in more than two years, visit our Residential Portal to schedule a service.
The second step is to use bacterial additives in your septic system. These bacteria ensure that your system is able to break down the solids that enter the system and keep it working properly.
So that you don’t forget to add the bacteria, sign up now for the Wind River Environmental bacterial additives program and we’ll send you a reminder postcard every two months.
Need to order bacterial additives? Contact us today to purchase Wind River Environmental Septic System Treatment products.
The third step is to use a septic system filter. This will ensure that solids remain in the septic tank and not clog your leach field, the most expensive part of your system. A septic system filter works much like a coffee filter – it catches suspended solids.
As a Wind River Environmental customer, part of our normal service provided to you will be to clean your filter.
The best thing to do for your septic system is to be sure not to flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper, preferably single-ply toilet paper.
Even if items are marked as “septic safe,” do not flush them. For example, some baby wipes and cat litter may be labeled this way. It is not good for your septic system to flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper because it does not break down in the septic system correctly.
Odors coming from outside the house can be an indication that your septic system is overfull, and you need septic pumping service. A vent pipe may also be installed to help release odors from the septic system.
Sometimes, when drains are not used, the noxious gases can build up and cause odors. For example, if you have a shower in the house that gets little use, you may notice that at times there is an odor coming from that area. Running the water regularly in those drains will help keep odors at bay.
Slow drains can be a sign that your tank needs to be pumped or you need bacterial additives to help break down accumulating solids. If you have slow drains, contact us for troubleshooting help.
Garbage disposals are not recommended with a septic system. Chopped up food particles from the garbage disposal make their way into the tank and do not completely biodegrade before they can get out into your leach field lines. These lines can then become clogged with food and cause a backup.
Filters are placed on the outlet line of your septic tank and keep the hair, grit, grime and food particles from escaping into your leach field lines and causing issues. Having a filter is a good way to help prevent unwanted debris from becoming an issue.
For more information about your septic system, check out our Complete Guide to Your Septic System!