Tips On Maintaining Concrete Septic Tank Systems

how to maintain concrete septic tank systems

Septic tanks can be made of various materials including steel, plastic and cement. Each type has its own set of pros and cons. When it comes to concrete tanks, they have benefits including high effluent levels, approved for each state in the country and lower risks of overflow. These benefits are why many homeowners in America choose to get concrete septic tanks installed over plastic and steel. 

Even with all of the benefits concrete tanks offer, they still have the possibility of cracking under extreme conditions. This could lead to septic tank leaks that are very costly to fix. Below are some tips for maintaining your septic tank properly and lowering the risks of cracking. 

1. Reusing Concrete Tanks 

Many homeowners reuse concrete septic tanks to save money on installation costs. This is often done because of how durable concrete septic tanks can be. Before deciding to reuse an old concrete tank, have it thoroughly inspected by a professional to ensure there are no cracks and that it is structurally sound. Once it has been thoroughly inspected and deemed safe for use, the inside will have to be retrofitted with a sturdy liner to guard against cracks. The liner can also help prevent corrosion that often leads to septic tank failure. 

2. Inspect And Pump Regularly 

For the average septic tank owner, inspections should be completed by a professional every three years. In addition to this, most septic tanks will need to be pumped every 3 to 5 years. If your concrete septic tank has an electrical float switch, mechanical component or a pump, it needs to be inspected once a year. Some of the top factors that will influence how often your septic tank gets inspected include your household size, the size of your septic tank, the total amount of wastewater generated and the volume of solids found in your wastewater. 

3. Repair Minor Damages Quickly 

If there are minor damages to your concrete septic tank, it is crucial to get them repaired as soon as possible. If you fail to fix issues promptly, the issues can become massive and you may need to replace your entire system. Common damages concrete septic tanks get can include damaged baffles, cracked tops and worn out outlets and pipe inlets. 

4. Use Water Efficiently 

The average home uses up to 70 gallons of water each day per individual. A single leaking faucet or toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water each day. The more water going down your pipes will increase the wear on your tank. If your household learns to conserve water, it will reduce the risk of your septic tank failing. Additionally, you will save money on your monthly water bill. Common ways to save money on your water and reduce the strain on your concrete septic tank include installing high-efficiency toilets, installing low-flow showerheads and only washing full loads of laundry and dishes. 

5. Properly Dispose Of Waste 

Whether you grind it up in the garbage disposal, flush it down your toilet or pour it down your kitchen sink, anything that goes down your pipes will end up in your septic system. What goes down your pipes into your tank will affect how well it works. Keep in mind that your septic system is not a trash can. Never flush anything that is not toilet paper or human waste. Do not flush paper towels, cigarette butts, non-flushable wipes, oil and grease, pharmaceuticals, coffee grounds, dental floss, condoms, common household chemicals or feminine hygiene products. 

Keep Maintaining Your Concrete Septic Tank System

Taking the necessary steps to maintain your concrete septic tank will ensure it lasts as long as possible. Any issues should be looked at by a professional right away so that matters do not get worse or more expensive.

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