A Homeowner’s Guide to Septic Pump Maintenance

Whether you’re a new homeowner or you know it’s getting close to that time to get your septic system checked, here is a quick set of tips to keep in mind when managing septic pump maintenance.

  • Prevention is important – There are three “Ps” to remember when you have a septic tank. One of those “Ps” is prevention. A great way is to make sure you follow guidelines of what to flush and what to rinse down the drain, but also be careful not to waste water and conserve during hurricane season.
  • Don’t flush that down the toilet! – If you’re not sure you can flush it, you probably shouldn’t. In reality, the only things that should be flushed down the toilet are human waste and toilet paper. Even “flushable” wet wipes shouldn’t be flushed if you have a septic system.
  • Be careful what you rinse down your sink – This can be tricky because most of us have garbage disposals, so we may assume it’s okay to put just about anything down it. The fact is, some things just can’t degrade properly. Oil, which most of us use for cooking, is one of those things. Make sure you let oil cool and harden, then throw it in the trash instead.
  • Avoid overusing and creating more wastewater. Wastewater gathers when you use your laundry machine, dishwasher, and basically any item connected to your plumbing system. Not only is this a problem when guests come by, but wastewater can also increase and overwhelm the system during hurricane season. This overwhelms the septic system and should be managed when practicing septic pump maintenance.