Vacuum_Truck_SaleOwnership of a home carries with it a responsibility of maintenance and not every task involved on an upkeep list is a pleasant one; high on that undesirable list wold be septic system maintenance. However odorous such a task may appear, it is an inevitable task that must be done on a regular basis to prevent any major problems from happening. Fortunately, the waste tank of the average system does not need to be suctioned by those heavy-duty vehicles sold at a vacuum truck sale every year. A minimum recommendation for suctioning waste from these tanks is at least once every three to five years.

Following are some items that should prove useful in handling the maintenance of a septic system.


The entire system should be inspected regularly by a certified Onsite System Maintainer (OSM) to ensure it is working properly. Once the OSM has completed the system inspection, a monitoring report will be provided. If everything has been declared to be in sound working order, further correct care will keep it in good operational condition. Regular maintenance and correct usage can reduce the number of pump-outs needed over successive years.


Contrary to popular belief, the addition of chemicals, biological enzymes or other additives to a septic tank does not promote a faster breakdown of solid material. It is not realistically possible to add enough of these substances to actually make a difference, rendering them useless in most cases. Some states prohibit the use of chemicals in the waste collection tank since they not only corrode or weaken the tank itself but are toxic to the environment should the unit leak.

Drain Field Management

Other things to consider in keeping an entire septic system performing well and keeping the septic tank healthy include proper drain field management, which will prevent plumbing back-ups and the need for more frequent suctioning. Following are some of the things that will help in this management.

  • Proper Draining – Be sure that the drain field is functioning as it should and that there are no muddy spots or standing water in the area.
  • No Cover – Do not park vehicles over any part of a septic system or drain field, since soil compression can affect drainage and cause backup of the whole system.
  • Water Flow – Make sure there is no water from other areas such as downspouts, sump pumps, or normal rainwater movement flowing into the drain field since flooding this area will just slow down the drainage process and cause back-ups and the need for more frequent pump-outs.
  • Water Usage – Decreasing water usage can prevent flooding the septic tank and backing up the system. This should include having water-efficient toilets and appliances; only running the washer and dishwasher when full; and installing water-conserving shower heads.
  • Improper Usage – Certain things should not be put into the system including: paper towels; tissues; diapers; sanitary products; condoms; cigarettes; plastics; coffee grounds; pesticides; caustic drain cleaners; hazardous or toxic chemicals; or anything that is not specifically labeled as being “septic-safe.” Doing so will only increase problems such as: the build-up of solids that cannot be quickly broken down; damage to the system; and more frequent tank suctioning.

While the things listed above are the main ways to keep a septic system in good functional condition, it is still recommended to check with a professional about other specifics related to an individual plumbing and drain field set-up. Adhering to care guidelines is important in prolonging the life of the entire system. It is recommended that septic tanks be emptied by suctioning through vehicles that are sold at a vacuum truck sale a minimum of once every three to five years, regardless of any other maintenance measures that have been taken. With correct care, the frequency of septic system pump-outs can be safely extended, avoiding the inconvenience and expense of frequent pump-outs or repairs!

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