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Septic Tank Maintenance

03/10/2017 By Tanksalot
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Proper septic tank maintenance is crucial for the system to work properly; it is easy to do and should be done every 6 to 12 months. Having a well maintained tank will also help with the longevity of your pumps and dispersal field. Never go inside the tank without the proper equipment and training.

Step 1:  Visual/smell assessment

  • Check for any major ground disturbance
  • Check for any foul odor coming from the tank
  • Check to make sure your lids are not cracked and are sitting properly on the manway/extension

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Step 2: Remove lid to compartment 1 (working side)

  • Check to make sure the manway/extension is not damaged
  • Check to see if there is groundwater coming through the manway/extension
  • You should see a layer of scum on the top of the wastewater
  • The level of sewage should be below the top of the tank
  • You should have your solids removed every 2 or 3 years
  • Never add a chemical to your tank
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Step 3: Remove lid to compartment 2 (pump chamber)

  • Check to make sure the manway/extension is not damaged
  • Check to see if there is groundwater coming through the manway/extension
  • Check to make sure the floats are not tangled
  • Lift up the high level alarm float and check for alarm
  • Lift the pump float and make sure the pump turns on
  • Check to see if any of your electrical cords are cracked or broken
  • Clean any filters you may have
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If any of the above items are not functioning properly make sure to call your supplier or your installer. If you regularly do these checks, your system should last at least 50 years. Please contact Tanks-a-Lot if you need a reference on a professional service provider.

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