1. Inspect your septic tank annually.
Generally, septic tanks should be pumped every three to five years. An inspection by you or a professional may show that you need to pump more or less often. Regular pumping ensures that solids will not flow from the septic tank into the drain field. Solids can destroy the drain field, and once a drainf ield has failed, pumping will not bring it back to life.2. Use less water
. Reducing the amount of wastewater entering your septic system may increase its life span, as excessive water is a major cause of system failure. Too much water from laundry, dishwasher, toilets, baths, and showers may not allow enough time for sludge and scum to separate, causing solids to pass out of the tank and into the drain field, ultimately clogging the pipes. To reduce household water use:
- Limit the use of large water guzzling appliances, such as dishwashers and washing machines.
- Use water-saving bathroom and kitchen fixtures (such as faucets, showerheads, and toilets).
- Spread laundry over the entire week and avoid partial loads.
- Fix all faucet and toilet leaks promptly.