A properly-installed sewage disposal system, consisting of a septic tank and absorption field, should, with proper care and maintenance, provide many years of service. There are, however, things you can do to enhance your septic system’s performance and extend its life, including:

IMG_0061And the following general information will help you plan ahead and be ready should you require septic system repair.

Increased Waste Loads

If the waste loads and volume of sewage entering the soil absorption system are greater than that for which the system was designed, failure of the field can occur. Contact the local building department regarding enlargement, repair, load reduction and/or replacement options.

As-Built Plans

A detailed diagram showing the exact location of the septic tank and disposal field, along with the application, permit, final approval and photos of the installation, should be kept in the home/premises for future reference. This will help with system location for servicing/repairs, and provide support for ready-sale financing.

If you’d like to learn more, check out the Septic System Management for Homeowners video.