A septic system requires very little maintenance to keep it running efficiently. The most important thing to do is have it inspected and pumped out regularly. According to the EPA the average septic system should be pumped every 3 – 5 years. With regular maintenance, a well-constructed system can last for 20-30 years. But skip that maintenance and the consequences can be severe.
Here are the top 4 reasons to keep your system well maintained:
Saves you money
Regular maintenance of your septic system extends its life and is much cheaper than purchasing a replacement. The average cost to have a septic system pumped and inspected is $250 – $500 every three to five years. Compare that with $3,000 – $7,000 to replace a conventional septic system. And alternative systems may cost more. Consult your local septic professional to determine how often to pump your system based upon tank size and water usage.
Protects your property value
If you’re selling your home most prospective buyers will insist on having the septic system inspected, or at the very least are going to want to see maintenance records. A poorly maintained system or failing system could significantly lower the value of your property.
Keeps you and your family healthy
Your household wastewater contains pollutants and contaminants that can pose a severe risk to your health. A properly functioning septic system removes these pollutants before depositing the wastewater back into your drainfield. When a septic tank is clogged and overfull, untreated water leaks onto your property. This untreated water can get into wells and groundwater and can cause health problems for you, your family, and your neighbors.
Protects the environment
Contamination of groundwater can have widespread consequences beyond your property. That groundwater seeps into other sources of water such as lakes, ponds, rivers and drinking water reservoirs. The nitrates and phosphates found in untreated wastewater harm local ecosystems and kills plants, fish, and shellfish.
Remember, maintaining your septic system is your responsibility. But you don’t have to do it alone. Call the experts at Flamingo Plumbing at 904-647-5466 for a free estimate on septic system inspection and pump outs. It’s the right thing to do for you, your family, and your community.