You know your septic system should last a long time, but not maintaining it properly can lead to repairs, or even a complete replacement. How can you make sure your septic tank lasts as long as possible? Zinks Septic Solutions has been providing septic maintenance and septic tank installation services around the Palmyra, NY region for over 28 years, and they have tips on how to keep your septic system at its most efficient.

What are some things you can do to maximize the life of your septic system?

  • Pump your septic tank every 2-3 years, depending on the amount of use. Solids settle to the bottom of your tank and form a mud-like layer. If this layer is not removed, it can clog your disposal system. You will need to hire a licensed liquid-waste removal specialist for this job.
  • Don’t dump excessive amounts of non-biodegradable chemicals down your drain. Your septic system is a natural environment, so chemicals such as paint, paint thinners, or fabric softeners can damage the system.
  • Don’t put non-decomposable materials into your system. Paper towels that don’t break down, sanitary napkins, diapers, dirt, coffee grounds, and cooking grease are a few examples. These materials can block your disposal system and cause backups.
  • Don’t introduce an excessive amount of water into your system. You may think it’s fine to drain your pool water into your septic system, but too much water can cause your system to overflow.

Even with the best maintenance practices, your septic system may still need repairs. Call Zinks Septic Solutions at (315) 359-0733 to ask about their septic tank services, or visit their website for a full list of their services.