The EPA and Septic System Smart Week

Residential septic pumpingThe EPA is labeling September 21 through 25 as Septic Smart Week. As part of this outreach to septic system owners, they have a downloadable Septic System owner’s guide available to help you keep ‘septic smart’. They even have a description that you may use to tell you if you have a septic system.

Septic systems require some upkeep as most septic owners know, but the daily chores of working and other home projects may leave little time to remember how long it’s been since you had the septic tank pumped out.

Importance of Yearly Septic System Maintenance

The guide covers things like what to look for if you aren’t sure that the system needs to be pumped out. This pumping is needed to remove waste like toilet paper and other solids that won’t make it through the system and out into the drain field with the waste water. This is very important because if the system is clogged it may back up. Then waste water, along with some of the solid waste and sludge, can escape the system and contaminate the ground where the system is buried; this can possibly leak into nearby creeks, lakes, or even contaminate well water.

Septic System Maintenance Saves Money

Knowing your system is a priority because regular maintenance is preferable to having a malfunction that may require you to install a new system. That will cost thousands of dollars instead of the much less expensive routine maintenance fees.

Septic System Additives

The EPA also answers the questions about additives that you may have seen advertised that are supposed to help create bacteria to keep the system functioning smoothly. They explain that there should already be plenty of this industrious bacteria already inside a well-functioning system, and emphatically deny that these additives can take the place of having the system pumped out every three to five years.

The need for pumping can be influenced by factors like how many people are in your home and how much waste and wastewater your home produces. Snohomish Septic Service has been offering routine maintenance, septic tank pumping service, and emergency repairs to our Snohomish County neighbors for over fifty years. If you haven’t had your system inspected for a while, please give us a call at 360-310-4430. Also, take advantage of the free guide that the EPA is offering, it’s a very helpful primer on what you should do to keep your septic system working at peak efficiency.
Edited by Justin Vorhees