Tips for Homeowners

Septic Smarts: A Homeowner's Guide

Lori Auerbach|September 19, 2023
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From September 18 to 22, we join the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in celebrating Smart Septic Week. It's the perfect time to shed light on an essential aspect of homeownership that often goes unnoticed—the care and maintenance of your septic system. As residents of picturesque Fairfield County, CT, we understand the importance of proper septic system management. Unlike city sewer systems, septic systems require unique attention and care. In this blog we will share some valuable tips and insights to help you keep your septic system running smoothly and preserve the beauty of our community.

Why Septic Systems Matter

Septic systems might not be the most glamorous topic, but they play a crucial role in our homes and neighborhoods. Unlike city sewer systems, septic systems are self-contained wastewater treatment systems. They're common in rural areas and suburbs in Fairfield County, providing an eco-friendly way to manage household sewage. Maintaining them ensures a safe and clean living environment for all.

Tip #1: Regular Pumping

Just like any other part of your home, septic systems need regular attention. The first tip is to schedule routine pumping every 2-3 years depending on the the size of your household.  This process removes accumulated solids from your tank, preventing blockages and potential backups. Neglecting pumping can lead to costly repairs, so mark your calendar and keep your system flowing smoothly.

Tip #2: Proper Disposal

Your septic system is not a garbage disposal. Avoid flushing non-biodegradable items, chemicals, or excessive grease down the drain. These substances can harm your system and disrupt the natural breakdown of waste. Please note, although baby wipes may be marketed as "flushable" that's never applicable to septic systems. Use eco-friendly cleaning products, and dispose of hazardous materials responsibly to protect your septic system's health.

Tip #3: Water Conservation

Water conservation is not only environmentally responsible but also vital for septic system longevity. Excessive water usage can overwhelm your system, leading to inefficient wastewater treatment. Consider installing low-flow fixtures and fixing leaks promptly. Every drop you save helps maintain a balanced septic system.

Tip #4: Keep It Clean

Failing septic systems can release contaminants into nearby rivers and streams, posing risks to human health and the environment. Regular maintenance and inspections are essential to prevent such pollution. Believe it or not, if your septic contractor finds that your tank is not filling up after 3-5 years without pumping, that's not a good sign.  It could be a sign of trouble in your drain field or drainage system.  This might mean wastewater isn't being processed properly, leading to sewage backup and property contamination. Remember, keeping your septic system clean is a collective responsibility for our community's well-being.

Tip #5: Landscaping Wisdom

Did you know that your landscaping choices can impact your septic system's health? Avoid planting trees or shrubs near your leaching field or septic tank. Their roots can infiltrate and damage the system. Smart landscaping preserves your septic system's functionality and ensures your outdoor space remains beautiful.

Caring for your septic system isn't just about property maintenance; it's about preserving the quality of life in Fairfield County, CT. By following these recommendations, you'll not only protect your investment but also contribute to a cleaner, greener, and healthier community. We invite you to join us in this commitment to responsible homeownership. Let's keep Fairfield County's septic systems smart and sustainable!

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