Septic System Care & Maintenance

We are replacement system specialists. Installing a septic system in a lot that is already developed can be more challenging than new lot installation. What sets us apart from other septic system installers is our knowledge of septic maintenance and installing in a way that will make service following the installation easier and less expensive. We have the equipment and know-how to tackle the toughest install.  

Your septic system should last a very long time if properly designed, installed, and maintained. Review our Routine Care & Maintenance for your Septic Tank to keep your system working properly in Medina, Hinckley, Brunswick, Wadsworth, & Copley Ohio.  

Routine Care & Maintenance for your Septic Tank:

Why is it important to keep my Septic System functioning properly? Just like an automobile,  require routine care and maintenance to provide optimal performance. The life expectancy for properly functioning Septic System in Ohio is 12 to 20 years. Proper care and maintenance can prolong the life of your system and save you money. Replacing a failed system can cost thousands of dollars. A properly functioning Septic System also assists in protecting water quality. Malfunctioning or failing Septic Systems discharge untreated sewage, which can pollute drinking water sources, create disease-producing conditions, and provide a flow of excess nutrients into a waterway. This flow of nutrients can upset the natural balance of lakes and streams resulting in algal blooms (including toxic algae), decreased oxygen, and fish kills. 

Tips on proper care and maintenance of your HSTS - Do's & Don't's

 

Do:

  • Do know the location of your system.

 

  • Do inspect your system semi-annually.

 

  • Do have your septic tank(s) pumped when the depth of solids (scum and sludge) is equal to half the depth of the tank, or every three to five years – whichever comes first.

 

  • Do conserve water use in the home. Using more water than the soil can absorb is the most common reason for HSTS failure. Install low flow fixtures, fix leaky plumbing, and spread laundry washes throughout the week.

 

  • Do maintain good grass cover over your HSTS.

 

  • Do alternate split field systems every 12 months to allow one side of the field to rest.

 

  • Do use your garbage disposal with discretion. They are not often recommended for homes with HSTSs because their waste is not easily broken down by bacteria.

 

  • Do divert rainwater from roofs, driveways, and other impervious surfaces away from the soil absorption field so the system is not overloaded.

 

  • Do keep aeration systems operating continuously for effective wastewater treatment.

 

  • Do replace missing or deteriorated baffles

 

Don’t:

  • Don’t wait for the system to fail before pumping the septic tank.

 

  • Don’t dump items that do not decompose quickly down the drain, such as coffee grounds, disposable diapers, cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, bones, and cooking fats. These could clog the system and cause the system to malfunction or fail.

 

  • Don’t overuse household chemicals. Some chemicals may harm or kill bacteria which help break down sewage. It is best to use low-sudsing biodegradable detergents and oxygen-based bleaches.

 

  • Don’t build any type of structure over any part of the HSTS.

 

  • Don’t drive or park over your HSTS.

 

  • Don’t allow water softener backwash to enter the HSTS.

 

  • Don’t plant trees around your system without consulting your local health department. Tree roots may cause the system to malfunction by interfering with pipes and filter lines.

 

  • Don’t enter a septic tank. Repairs and maintenance should be made from outside of the tank.

 

  • Don’t alternate split field systems to shorter intervals than once per year.

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5035 Beach Road Medina, OH.  44256
Tel:330-239-5600

We are a full service excavating company specializing in all types of 
ground work including residential and commercial site work, foundation excavation, site preparation, storm drainage, sewer, water and septic services. Proudly serving Medina, Brunswick, Hinckley, Granger Township, Seville, and Copley since 1990.