iStock_000046639616_SmallYour Southwest Florida septic system is an important infrastructure within your home. Just like you change your air conditioning filter or mow your lawn, you must also regularly inspect and pumpout your septic system. While the regularity may not be quite as frequently as the aforementioned household duties, it’s still just as important. Regular septic maintenance not only ensures that your system will last longer, but it also helps your system run optimally to avoid backups or drainfield failure.

Here are our top reasons to regularly maintain your septic system:

  1. Helps avoid backups in your home.
    There’s nothing grosser than everything that you flush down the toilet coming back up and into your shower or toilet. Regular pumpouts and inspections ensure that your system performs optimally and proactively allows you to avoid a situation where your tank is filled and backups occur.
  2. Keeps your system running optimally.
    Septic systems are thousands of dollars to install, but can last a lifetime when properly cared for. In order to make sure that your system lasts as long as possible, you need to have in regularly inspected for leaks and damage and pumped out to avoid issues with backups and your drainfield.
  3. It’s good for the environment.
    While poorly maintained septic systems are only a small portion of groundwater contamination issue, it’s absolutely possible that sewage from a leaking or poorly maintained tank can get into the groundwater, lakes or surrounding canals. This is part of the reason that the city of Cape Coral has enforced mandatory municipal wastewater connections. But the reality is a bit of education and regular maintenance is all that is needed to ensure the longevity of existing infrastructure and surface water quality.
  4. It’s more cost effective for you.
    While it may seem expensive to have to spend a few hundred dollars to have your tank pumped every 3 to 5 years, it’s far more expensive to have to dig up your drainfield and install a new system when your drainfield fails due to lack of maintenance. Regular maintenance through pumpouts can help save your thousands in unexpected repairs costs.

It’s hard to remember to maintain your septic system, particularly considering how far apart your pumpouts are. A refrigerator reminder or digital calendar reminder are great options to help you remember. Keep in mind that there are other signs that your system needs a pumpout, including slow drains or backup, smell of sewage and surfacing sewage. Though these are less proactive symptoms of your need, it’s important that you look for these signs – as they’ll help serve as a back up reminder to service your system.

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