Traditional Septic System – 5 Tips to Lengthen Use

The average lifespan of traditional, lateral field septic systems is about 20-25 years, although some last much longer. No one wants to have to put in a new system early, or not get the full lifespan out of their system, so what can you do? There are several ways to increase the lifespan of your traditional septic system.

Today we are going to tell you 5 things you can do to lengthen the life of your traditional septic system.

  1. Know where it is: This may sound silly, but the first step in increasing lifespan is to know where the septic system is. You need to know where the cleanout, tank, and lateral field are located. If you do not know where these are you may be able to call the DEQ and get a drawing. If your system was installed prior to 1999 they may not have this, but it never hurts to ask.
  2. Don’t plant trees too close to the lateral field: Tree roots are a common cause of lateral field failure. They cause clogs and often lead to field replacements. Luckily, this can easily be avoided by not planting too close to the lateral field. A good rule of thumb is whatever the expected height of the tree is plant 1.5 times that number away from your lateral field.
  3. Don’t drive over it with heavy vehicles or equipment: We recently had a customer call that had a tank collapse because a tree trimming truck had parked over it. Don’t allow anyone to drive over your field or lines with heavy equipment or trucks. If you are expecting heavy equipment to your house flag off your septic tank and lateral field.
  4. Don’t allow water to pool over your system: Don’t grade your yard or drain your pool into your system. Your system was designed to be able to absorb a certain amount of water per day. When you grade your yard so that all storm water runs into your system this can fill the tank or prevent the lateral lines from doing their job. Same goes with draining your pool into your system. It is just too much water.
  5. Don’t flush harmful substances into your system: This includes tampons, condoms, diapers, and grease. All of these can cause clogs.

Provision is happy to help if you have any additional questions or need help locating your tank and field. Have a great day and may your septic system live long and prosper.