In our last blog, we talked about a few common mistakes people make that can hurt their septic systems. We depend on our septic systems each and every day, and the last thing that anyone wants is for there to be a problem with their septic system. Now that you know about common mistakes you should avoid with your septic system, we can start talking with you about what you can do to make your septic system last as long as possible. The following is a list from our Granite City plumber of tips that will help to extend the life of your septic system:

#1. Understand your septic system’s specifics.

In order to maintain your septic system properly, you need to know a couple of things about it. At the very least, you should know exactly how many gallons your tank will hold and when it was last pumped. It is also important to know how often your septic system should be pumped. Unfortunately, the pump schedule isn’t based on the model of septic system you have alone, it is also determined by how much water you use and how many people live in your home. Luckily, there are time-tables out there that can help you determine the proper pumping schedule.

#2. Make your septic system’s lids easy to access.

If you haven’t already, you should install risers that will make your septic system’s lids easy to access. The person responsible for pumping your system needs to be able to access them in order to clean and maintain your tank. Although it will cost money to install the risers, you will save in the end because the person who pumps your system won’t have to dig up the lids every time.