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How often do you think about your septic tank? Probably not all that often, maybe never. Here at Jason’s, we understand it’s not going to be the top of your to-do list, but your septic system does play an integral role in the running of your home. Most of our customers only realize the importance of septic system maintenance when the problems start to arise.

If you check your system now and again, take a look at the drain and keep watch for any strong or unusual smells coming from the area where your septic system is housed. If you notice that grass around the area is softer or greener, it’s worth giving us a call.

When you discover a blockage or have problems with drainage, please don’t try to tackle the problem yourself!

It might seem as simple as pushing the debris down or flushing it through, doing this actually has the reverse effect and puts more pressure on the system. The last thing you want is a leak or total breakdown. Septic system maintenance might not seem like a big deal until you’re left without running water and have to leave your property while your septic system is repaired.

To avoid needing extensive and costly repairs it’s far easier to invest in regular professional maintenance from Jason’s Septic, we’ve been servicing Miami and surrounding areas for over 13 years. Read below to find out what septic maintenance entails and how we can help you.

What Should Be Included In Residential Septic System Maintenance?

On average, every household should have their septic system maintained by a service professional at least once every three years. More regular maintenance checks are needed for mechanical systems or tanks with electric floats. If you’re not sure what type of system runs your home it’s best to get it checked.

Pumping and inspection: This should be done every 1-3 years, it varies based on the size of your household, the amount of water and waste generated and the overall size of your tank.

One of the reasons you want to get the professionals out to assess this is that all septic systems have a T-shaped outlet to stop waste and sludge from leaving the tank and reach the draining field with ease.

It can be hard to know whether your tank is nearing maximum capacity, the ground the general rule of thumb is if the layer of waste sits 6 inches from the bottom of the outlet or the waste layer spreads higher than 12 inches from the top, it’s time to get pumping.

Monitoring, Connections, and Drainage: A certified septic profession should record the levels of waste found in your tank, as well as the approximate amount of waste extracted to help you keep track of how much water you’re using and stop you from throwing unsuitable products down the pipes. This should reduce the number of solids putting pressure on the system and reduce the frequency in which you need your system pumping.

Checking connections, by flushing toilets and running water in your home, is a key indicator in determining the current efficiency of your plumbing. If things aren’t working well it may be putting unnecessary strain on your septic tank or not filtering waste properly. Drainfields will also be inspected to ensure good function.

If you need septic maintenance or other septic services come to us or simply drop us your information here and we will come to you:

By | 2017-04-14T21:05:38+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: Blog|Tags: |5 Comments

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  1. Amanda Drew October 6, 2017 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for letting me know that I should get my septic tank pumped every one to three years. Recently, I’ve been noticing a gross smell come from my disposal whenever I turn it on. I’m guessing that means that I should get the system pumped.

    • mario December 15, 2017 at 4:34 pm - Reply


  2. Derek Dewitt March 20, 2018 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    My wife and I recently moved into a home with a septic tank, so thanks for the tips on how to maintain one. I like your point about how you should have your septic system serviced every 1-3 years. We’ll be sure to have in inspected soon to make sure there aren’t any issues.

  3. Derek Dewitt July 10, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    My wife and I just moved into a home with a septic tank outside, so thanks for sharing this. I like your point about getting the pumps inspected every 1-3 years. We’ll be sure to do this soon since we use a lot of water in our house.

  4. Derek Dewitt July 31, 2018 at 3:21 pm - Reply

    I just moved into a home with a septic tank. I like your point about not putting debris down the toilet. We’ll be sure to avoid this so it doesn’t clog.

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