Caring for Your Septic Tank: Essential Do’s and Don’ts for Maintenance

If you live in rural areas or suburban neighborhoods, you rely on a septic tank to take care of your wastewater. But, many homeowners make the mistake of assuming their septic system doesn’t need regular maintenance – that wrong assumption can lead to expensive repair bills and a whole host of problems down the line. 


That’s why we’ve put together some essential do’s and don’ts to maintain your septic tank in top condition. Keep reading!

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Schedule Regular Inspections

Professional inspections and routine maintenance are crucial for detecting and resolving problems before they become bigger. We recommend inspections at least once every year. These inspections should be more frequent if you have a larger family or a smaller tank.

Conserve Water

This is one of the easiest ways to help your septic system continue working well. Be mindful of your water consumption to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your system - this means taking short showers, installing low-flow toilets and faucets, and fixing any water leaks as soon as possible.

Be Mindful of What You Put Down Your Drains

Only flush human waste and toilet paper down your toilet - other items like hygiene products, diapers, and wipes can clog your pipes and interfere with proper septic functioning. Additionally, avoid pouring harsh chemicals, grease, or oils down your drain - damaging your pipes and killing the essential bacteria in your septic system.

Remember to Pump Your Septic Tank

Your septic tank needs to be pumped out every 3-5 years, depending on its size and the number of people inhabiting the house. Regular pumping removes built-up sludge and ensures that your septic system works properly.


Don't Overload Your System

Be mindful of how much water you're using, and when you're using it. For example, doing all your laundry in one day can easily overwhelm your septic system. Spread your water usage over the week to avoid unnecessary strain on your septic system.

Don't Install a Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals add extra work to your septic system - they require more water and can add extra solids to your tank. Avoid installing a garbage disposal or limit its use.

Don't Park Over Your Septic System

Heavy vehicles or construction equipment can easily damage your septic tank, pipes, or drain field. Be mindful of where you're parking, and don't let any heavy equipment drive over your septic system.

Don't Use Antibacterial Soaps and Cleaners

Antibacterial soaps and cleaning products can kill the essential bacteria in your septic system. Avoid using these products and opt for natural alternatives.

Work With a Professional Septic Tank Provider to Maintain Your Septic System in Top Shape!

Taking care of your septic tank isn’t always easy, but it’s essential to homeownership. Remember these do’s and don’ts to keep your septic system running smoothly and avoid expensive repairs down the road. You can trust our family-owned business at Clean Earth Septic for all your septic service needs. We offer:


With 10 years of experience as a North Carolina Onsite Wastewater Contractors & Inspectors Certification Board member, we specialize in providing quality services and emergency assistance. Call us today to schedule a consultation and inspection – you’ll be glad you did!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of the frequently asked questions we get about our Septic Tank Pumping.

Septic systems usually last 20 to 30 years before needing replacement. if it has not been properly maintained, has been invaded by tree roots, or has otherwise been misused, the time frame may be shorter.

As a homeowner, you should not dispose of chemicals, paint, grease, food, or anything that is a bodily waste. You should also avoid disposing of toilet paper, feminine napkins, coffee grounds, or wastewater from dishwashing, showering, or laundry. 

Below are some of the benefits you get from regular grease trap cleaning.  

Eliminates foul odors

Grease trap cleaning gets rid of these odors and keeps your grease trap and tank working efficiently.  

Reduces damage to the tank

Any decaying food, whether solids or particles, releases and creates gasses. This includes sulfuric acid, which can damage the walls of the grease trap. Grease trap cleaning reduces damage to the tank before it creates a larger problem in the future.   

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Contact Us Now For A Free Estimate!

Give us a call at 919-888-4066 to know more about our septic services. We also offer free estimates and special discounts for first-time tank cleaning! Clean Earth Septic proudly serves Wake County, Franklin County, Durham County, Johnston county and more surrounding areas.