Top Four Tips for Preventative Septic System Maintenance

If you haven’t been paying close attention to your home’s septic system the past few years, there’s a decent chance you’re in need of the aid of your local Katy or Sugar Land, Texas plumbers, Howell Services, right about now.


Septic systems require routine preventative maintenance in order to ensure repeat visits from plumbers aren’t necessary. Failure to do so can result in a breakdown of your septic system, resulting in expensive repairs.

Let’s take a moment to understand septic systems in order to establish how you can perform your own preventative measures.

Septic System Design and Potential Problems

If you aren’t located near a sewage treatment plant you are likely on a septic system. Your home’s waste gets funneled into your system’s septic tank through drainpipes where it is then separated from various organic matter. This matter is dispersed into your soil within a “release field,” where it acts as nutrients that improve the quality of your soil.

If you don’t engage in smart use of your septic system and preventative maintenance, the following problems, among others, may unfortunately rear their ugly heads:

  1. Sludge build-up
  2. Tree roots infiltrating the septic tank cover
  3. Filter clogs
  4. Broken drain lines
  5. Waste escaping from your septic tank that lacks adequate treatment
  6. “Grease capping” which results from an unnatural build-up of grease within your system
  7. Busted drain field piping

Fortunately for home owners in Sugar Land and Katy, TX areas, expensive plumbing repairs related to many of the above issues can be avoided.

Want to know how? Read on for our top four tips for preventative septic system maintenance.

Properly Using and Treating Your Septic System

  1. Avoid dumping used cooking oil and cleaning products
    down your drains. This is one of those preventative measures you can take every day in order to avoid potentially expensive visits from plumbers. Ensure that you never dump used cooking oil down your drain, as your septic system isn’t designed to handle it. Even minimal dumping of this liquid can cause septic system clogs. It’s smarter instead to put cooking oil into a container and add it to the trash. Also, avoid pouring bleach, window cleaners and related substances down your drains in large portions, as this can cause a clog, not to mention further problems down the line.
  2. Check your toilet paper. Not all toilet paper is created equal. Most toilet paper and related paper products will be just fine and dandy in working with your septic system, but don’t risk it. Always check and ensure that these paper products are listed as compatible with septic systems, otherwise you’ll be looking at a pesky clogged pipe.
  3. Routinely schedule septic system inspections and pumpings. At a minimum, your septic system should be both inspected and pumped once every three to four years. If your septic tank becomes too full, solids and waste materials that are not intended for release may leak into the drain field, which is a network of pipes and a box designated for distribution of materials into the ground/release field of your system. An overflow of waste materials and paper can occur when your septic system is not properly pumped every few years. This can cause blockages, a drop in system efficacy, and the potential necessity for an expensive repair or replacement of your septic’s drain field. This is why it is so imperative that a professional be called to perform routine pumpings and inspections.
  4. Be observant. This seems to be a vague tip at first consideration, but there is wisdom here. If you don’t pay attention to small problems and warning signs early on, professional septic system maintenance via a plumber may be necessary later on. Always keep an eye out for slow drainage around your home, as well as any odd gurgling-related sounds, odors, and wet spots or sewage surfacing around your lawn.

If you follow the above four preventative maintenance tips, you’re bound to find yourself picking up the phone to contact us on far fewer occasions. The health and efficiency of your home’s septic system will be boundlessly improved.  Need service or not sure if your septic system is working efficiently?  Give Howell Services a call today!

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