12 things to do to maintain your onsite wastewater treatment system
- Have your septic tank and other wastewater treatment system components inspected at least once a year.
- Conserve water to reduce the amount of wastewater that must be treated and dispersed.
- Repair any leaking faucets and toilets (this is very important so as not to waste water or flood your wastewater treatment system).
- Maintain a stabilized/grassed landscaped area around the modules in order to prevent soil erosion (plants and suitable shrubs can also be used to enhance the appearance of the system).
- Keep ant nests and other pests out of the treatment modules by dosing externally with suitable insecticides and pest controls as necessary.
- Divert down spouts and other surface water away from the system and drain field
- Keep your septic tank cover accessible for tank inspections and pumping.
- Have your septic tank pumped regularly and checked for leaks and cracks.
- Have the effluent filter cleaned annually.
- Test the pump alarm occasionally (as applicable) by briefly activating the test switch on the alarm.
- In the event of the alarm sounding after electrical storms or power failure, check if the electrical circuit-breakers tripped off by first turning them off and then turning them back on again.
- Call your Authorized Service Provider when you have problems.
Tom Smith Tom Smith is the former director of operations and marketing at Anua. Tom is driving demand for wastewater treatment, water reuse, rainwater harvesting and odor/VOC control solutions. He has a B.A. from Duke University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business.