Maintaining a septic system is crucial for the smooth running of your home’s wastewater management. Before you call in the professionals, there are a few checks you can do to ensure their septic systems are in good working order. Regular inspections can help you catch potential issues early, saving you from costly repairs and health hazards. Here’s a guide on what you can check yourself to keep your septic system functioning efficiently.

1. Check for Signs of Surface Water Pooling

  • Walk around your yard, particularly near the septic tank.
  • Look for patches of grass that are unusually green or areas that feel damp or soggy, even in dry weather.

2. Monitor Your Drains

  • Test the water flow in sinks, showers, and bathtubs.
  • Pay attention to toilets that flush slower than usual or make gurgling sounds.
  • Note if multiple fixtures are draining slowly at the same time.

3. Inspect for Odours

  • Walk around the septic tank area and drain field.
  • Take note of any foul smells, which could indicate that the tank is full or that there is a leak.

4.  Examine Your Septic Tank Lid

  • Locate your septic tank lid
  • Inspect the lid for cracks, damage, or improper sealing. Ensure it is secure and in good condition.

5. Track Your Water Usage

  • Record your water usage regularly, especially during periods of heavy use.
  • Compare your water usage with any changes in the system’s performance, such as slower drains or smells.

When to Call a Professional – While DIY inspections are beneficial, some issues require professional expertise. Call Shepheard VTS if you observe any of the following:

  • Persistent foul odors
  • Sewage backups in your home
  • Extremely slow drains or multiple clogged fixtures
  • Visible sewage on the ground surface

Remember, while these checks are useful, they do not replace the need for professional inspections and maintenance. If you encounter any significant problems, contact Shepheard VTS to ensure your system receives the care it needs.