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The Top Five Benefits of Regular Septic System Maintenance

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Most homeowners need to have their septic tanks pumped and inspected every three to five years. If you have a garbage disposal or a large family living in a home with a small septic tank, you may need to have yours pumped annually. Since this maintenance is required so infrequently, homeowners often underestimate its importance. But in fact, there are many benefits associated with regular septic system maintenance.

1. Problems Are Caught Early On

When your septic professional comes out to pump your septic tank, they also keep their eyes peeled for small problems, like cracks in the tank and growing blockages in the pipes leading from your home to the septic tank. These regular inspections ensure that problems are caught early on before they lead to more dangerous, costly problems.

2. Your Septic Professional Can Advise You on Habits to Change

Caring for a septic system is not always as straightforward as you'd like to think. There are certain things you really should not flush, like feminine hygiene products and wet wipes. Using your garbage disposal too much can cause the tank to fill up quickly, and rinsing chemicals like paint and pesticides down the drain is a bad idea, too.
When you schedule regular septic maintenance, your sewer professional can tell you whether there are any lifestyle habits that you need to change in order to take better care of your septic tank. This can be very helpful when you have a family and are not sure whether all family members have been following rules regarding what not to flush.

3. You Don't Have to Worry About Sewage Backups

If your septic tank gets too full before you have it pumped, you may end up with dangerous sewage backing up into your yard or even into your home. Raw sewage is laden with bacteria, viruses, and parasites that can cause serious illnesses like Hepatitis A and Leptospirosis.
Of those who become ill due to sewage exposure each year, 7% develop severe or fatal illness. And even more minor cases of sewage-related diseases cause unpleasant nausea, vomiting, fever, and diarrhea.
When you schedule regular septic maintenance, your septic care company will remove solid waste from the tank before it builds to a level that's likely to cause a backup. This is smart choice in a health sense, especially if you have kids or pets who play in the yard and would be exposed to sewage if the tank began overflowing.

4. Your Drains Will Flow Freely

If your septic tank gets too full before you have it pumped, your drains may begin draining slowly. It's definitely not pleasant to stand in 6 inches of water while you shower because the drain won't flow, and waiting for a slow sink drain isn't enjoyable either. By having your tank pumped regularly, you ensure there's plenty of space for any water you send down the drain.

5. Costs Will Remain Manageable

Some homeowners try to delay septic maintenance because they want to keep costs down. However, this is likely to cost you more in the long run. Failing to maintain your septic tank can lead to sewage damage, and it can cost thousands to clean up the sewage and replace building materials.
Plus, when issues like cracks and leaks in the septic tank are detected early, you have time to plan for the cost of repairing or replacing the tank. If you wait until your tank fails completely, you may have to come up with the funds immediately.
Take proper care of your septic system, and it will continue to take good care of you. Contact JT Sanitation to schedule your septic maintenance appointment  soon.