More common in rural environments where homes are spaced far apart, and it would cost too much to create a sewer or waste removal system, septic tanks fill the gap for homeowners who live in the country.

Even though the role of septic tanks, used in the process of eliminating waste from your home's drain is passive, it is still important that you maintain this system to keep drains running smoothly throughout your home. Over time, your septic tank absorbs the waste water that flows from your home and filters it from the entry end of the septic tank, moving it through to the end where it passes into the drain field.Septic Maintenance

Consider some of the following reasons why it is so important to maintain your septic system.

  • Preventative Costs Are Cheaper Than Repairs and Replacements. It is generally the rule that it is far less expense to perform upkeep and maintenance than to call in a professional for repairs because you let something simple go by the wayside. It happens to everyone sometimes, but if you can stay on top of routine matters such as taking care of drains and disposers with gentle cleaning solvents, figuring out how to prevent or how to open a hair clog and and generally cleaning your drain, you can enjoy this system that makes sure you keep your maintenance costs low. In addition to such daily functions that you can manage on your own, calling out an inspector to make sure the septic tank itself is in good condition is another way you can prevent early failure, which can cost anywhere from $50 to $150. Replacing a septic tank that has gone into early failure can cost anywhere from $3,000 to $10,000, so this preventative step can keep you in the black on this account.

  • Protect Your Family and Your Community. Since you are doing your best to keep your family safe from untreated human waste when you install your septic tank, making sure it continually runs smoothly is critically important in the short-term and the long-term. Once waste leaves your home and travels to your septic tank, there are additional considerations, such as leaking and seepage. If you do not properly maintain your septic tank, you run the risk of contaminating the environment directly around your home then further into the community's groundwater, drinking water and wells.

  • Faulty Septic Tank Incidents Could Negatively Impact Property Values. In rural communities where residents own their own septic tanks, it is important for prospective home buyers to see that the region's system runs smoothly, featuring responsible residents maintaining their septic tank systems. It is important that these potential new neighbors see that there are no issues with failed systems and contamination incidents in the area. Prospective home buyers are likely to judge living in a community that uses septic tank systems based on a single occurrence if they feel a similar occurrence might at some point affect them.