Septic Tank Maintenance Guidelines

Septic Tank Maintenance

Septic Tank Maintenance
Septic Tank Maintenance

Septic Tank Maintenance is essential to ensure that the system operates properly. The following notes are a quick to do list list to help with septic tank maintenance

Owners of domestic waste water treatment systems need to:

  • Know where their septic tank is located
  • Operate and maintain the system so it is fit for purpose and fully operational
  • Ensure that the system cannot pollute the environment by discharging or leaking waste anywhere it is not supposed to, that is, into the ground or any water source
  • Ensure that roof water or surface water run-off cannot enter a domestic waste water treatment system
  • De-sludge the system at intervals appropriate to the tank capacity and the number of people resident in the premises connected to it, or as recommended by the system’s manufacturer. De-sludging should be carried out by an authorised contractor. You should keep the receipt from the contractor for 5 years
  • Learn the location of your septic tank and drain field.
  • Keep a sketch of it handy with your maintenance record for service visits.
  • Have your septic system inspected annually.
  • Have your septic tank pumped out by a licensed contractor.
  • Empty your septic tank every two to three years.
  • Keep your septic tank cover accessible for inspections and pumping.
  • Keep a detailed record of repairs, pumping, inspections and permits issued
  • Conserve water to avoid overloading the system.
  • Repair any leaky pipes or toilets.
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