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Septic Tank Services in Kitsap and Mason Counties

While the septic contractors at Kitsap Septic are here to tend to your septic system's every need, there are some really important pieces of information that are important for homeowners to understand about their system. Proper maintenance and operation of septic systems depends on following these bullet points, ten of which have been listed for you below. To improve the longevity of your septic system's life and potentially save you thousands of dollars in the long run, we suggest you read and and commit to memory all of the information listed below.

Septic System Tips and Facts

  • Water - It's never a good idea to put too much water into a septic system. To prevent overfilling, it's good to flush as little as possible, not do too much laundry on any one day. Doing three loads of laundry or more on the same day, for example, can really stress and overfill your septic tank. 
  • Don't flush anything unnecessary - Extra stuff like baby wipes or cleaning wipes, chemicals, sanitary napkins, applicators, tampons, diapers, and more can really gum your system up and must be pumped out or they will sit there forever.
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  • Garbage Disposals - Garbage disposals add lots of extra solid waste to your tank that must eventually be pumped out to be removed. Since septic tanks are usually found on homes in rural areas, start a compos pile for your home garden instead!
  • Cooking waste - Don't pour grease or cooking oils down the sink drain.
  • Tank too full - Septic tanks operate best when they're about 85% full because water flows out into the drainage field from the middle of the tank while waste solids accumulate at the bottom. Overfull tanks don't operate optimally, so it's important to pump them on a regular, annual schedule.
  • Know where your tank is - Make sure you have a drawing that shows the location of the tank and drain field on your property. This will make it easier for your septic contractors to find and access it, as well as preventing you from accidentally digging where it is or building something on top of it.
  • Riser - We charge for every half an hour it takes us to dig up a tank, so if you're planning on staying in a house long term it's a good idea to install a riser over the septic tank to make it easier to access for service contractors.
  • Drainage - Make sure you keep surface water away from the tank and drain field area. If your drain field becomes saturated with water, your septic tank will back up!
  • Don't drive on it - Make sure your tank isn't located somewhere you drive over it, as the extra pressure on the ground can stress the tank and potentially crack it. 
  • Additives - In the over 20 years we've been pumping septic tanks, we've never noticed a difference between "regular" tanks and ones where homeowners have included some kind of additive like the kind you see on late night TV. Better than adding anything to the tank, if you want to make your tank last longer it's really pretty simple: use less water and less paper products like toilet paper. These two things have the greatest impact on the health of a septic system. 

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