Maintaining An Efficient Septic System

 MN Septic Tank System MaintenanceThe best way to protect the investment you have in your Home’s Septic System is to keep it well maintained. With proper Care and Maintenance a septic tank and drain field can last for decades. You can be well on your way to having an efficient system with the assistance of a MPCA Certified Professional like CSI Custom Septic, Inc. that can Design, Install, Inspect and Repair multiple kinds of sewers. This blog post provides information on how Becker MN residents can Care For Your Septic Tank and Detect Septic Problems before they get out of control.


How To Care For Your Septic Tank

Caring for a modern Septic Tank and Drainfield does not require much time or money. As long as your sewage treatment and disposal system has the correct size and location and has been installed correctly, it should perform as intended with some basic maintenance.

  • Have the septic tank pumped out as needed – A typical septic tank will have to be cleaned out about once every three years. Keep track of the frequency of tank cleanings and stay current with the recommended schedule.


  • What goes down the drain will end up inside of the septic tank – Don’t overload the system with high amounts of waste water. Try to space out loads of laundry, don’t take overly long showers, only run washer when you have a full load. Direct sump pump outlet and gutters away from the septic tank and soil absorption field. Repair leaky plumbing fixtures.


  • Watch what goes into the toilet – Only organic human waste materials, septic safe toilet paper and water should be allowed into the toilet bowl. Period.


  • Restrict the use of garbage disposals – Food particles can clog up or slow down the bacterial action inside of the septic tank resulting in lower efficiency and possible septic failure.


  • Use only the recommended amount of cleaning products, detergents and chemicals that will end up in your plumbing system – Naturally occurring bacteria in human feces work inside of the septic tank to break down solids. Chemicals can kill off too much of the bacteria and create problems.


  • Avoid septic tank additives or septic system cleaners that studies show can cause more harm than good.


  • Keep off of septic system components to prevent damage – Driving vehicles or even walking repeatedly on top of the drainfield can compact the soil or crack sewer lines.


  • Install filters and keep them clean – The washing machine outlet hose can have a filter attached to prevent large clothing fibers from entering the septic system. Some types of septic systems have pump tank filters that should be inspected and cleaned regularly.


Detecting Septic Tank Problems

Septic System Failure Signs should be taken seriously. Learn to detect warning signs of septic tank problems. Call CSI Custom Septic, Inc. if you notice any of these signs of trouble:

  • Strong, foul odors similar to rotten eggs smell
  • Pooling water near septic components
  • Green algae growth around septic field
  • Slow draining toilet, sink, shower or laundry drains
  • Sewage backup
  • Septic alarm going off
  • Failed well water contamination test


MPCA Certified Septic Professional

Not all septic maintainers are MPCA Certified Septic Professionals. For expertise on Becker MN septic systems, call a company with the best training, experience and equipment to handle the toughest septic problems. In Becker and Big Lake MN, contact CSI Custom Septic, Inc. for Septic System Designs, Installs, Repairs and Septic Compliance Inspections at: (763) 218-4769