Things break, that’s just a part of life. Favorite toys, teenage hearts, Mom’s antique crystal bowl (we were not playing football in the house again, honest).
That’s true of your plumbing and septic systems as well.
Which is why after decades in the liquid waste management business, we’ve learned that the best way to fix a problem is to make sure it never happens at all. Our 3-Step Septic Maintenance Plan is all about keeping your system healthy and making sure everything keeps running smoothly in your home.
3 STEP SEPTIC MAINTENANCE PLAN
Maintaining your septic system or cesspool is simple, provided you follow our 3-Step Maintenance Plan:
Regular Septic or Cesspool Pumping
Bacterial Additive Products
1. Regular Septic or Cesspool Pumping
This is a critical step. Why? Because debris, sludge and other things that you don’t want to touch collect in your septic tank or cesspool over time. Before long, it needs pumping.
How often? Well, it depends on several factors. Age of the system; whether or not you use a garbage disposal; the number of people who live in your home; how often you do laundry; whether or not you are left-handed (we made that last one up).
The point is, it varies. So check out our handy-dandy Septic Service Frequency Calculator, talk to one of our technicians, or give our customer service center a call. We’ll be more than happy (possibly ecstatic) to discuss which frequency works best for you.
2. Bacterial Additive Products
Is bacteria a good thing? Not if it’s living in your sock drawer. But when it comes to keeping your septic system healthy, it’s a must have. That’s because bacteria is what breaks down and digests (yuck) the organic solids.
Unfortunately, and because most of us rely on a variety of anti-bacterial soaps, detergents and cleaning fluids, this breaks down the “good” bacteria your system relies on to function properly.
That’s why we recommend our proprietary CCLS bacterial additive. Just one quart each month is usually all that’s needed to keep things working smoothly. CCLS will also keep the pipes in your home clean, reducing odor in both trash cans and household plumbing.
We also recommend that at the time of service, our technicians apply “Boost” to your system. Boost is a way of adding enzymes which break down organic waste, such as food products and grease. Basically, it’s a shock treatment for your septic tank. True to its name, it will boost the bacteria in your tank.
3. Septic System Filter
Your septic system needs a filter, it’s that simple. And, in order to do its job, the filter needs to stay clean.
The filter acts as a strainer, protecting your leach field by keeping out the grit, grime, hair and … (how can we put this?) … larger particles that have not yet broken down in your tank.
By the way, if you have a cesspool – rather than a septic system – a filter is not an option. In this case, it’s even more critical to follow the first two steps in maintaining a healthy system.
READY TO SET UP A PLAN FOR YOUR HOME?
We’re glad to hear it. Speak with any of our experienced technicians for a personally-tailored maintenance plan that fits your home’s needs. Or just give us a call.