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.