Septic Tank Care
At Darrell Crews Septic Tanks, we know it can take time to get used to using a septic system. With proper maintenance and regular inspections, your system can last much longer without repair or replacement services. We've been working with homes in Jacksonville for more than 15 years, and our fully licensed and insured agents are here to help you. Learn more about how you can take better care of your system.
Septic Tank Tips
The EPA recommends that your septic tank should be inspected at least every three years by a professional. While our crew is always available 24/7 if you face an emergency breakdown, we recommend that you follow these tips to keep your system in good working order between inspections.
Maintain Your Drainfield
- Don't park or drive over your septic system, as this can cause soil compression and crush the septic line.
- Avoid planting trees too close to the drain field, as the root systems can grow into the septic tank and block lines.
- Don't allow sidewalks, phone lines, or sprinkler systems to get installed over the system, as it can block access for regular maintenance and inspections.
Improve Water Efficiency
- Switch to high-efficiency toilets to reduce household water entering your system. According to the EPA, standard toilets use up to 5 gallons of water per flush, while high-efficiency models only use 1.6 gallons per flush.
- Space out your washing machine use throughout the week to prevent overflowing the system. For example, washing six loads all on Saturday is bad for your system.
- Fix leaky faucets, pipes, and toilets as soon as possible. A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water in just one day, according to estimates from the EPA. Overloading your system can cause backups and even septic tank failure.
Reduce Waste Disposal
- Do not pour grease, chemicals, or paint down your tank. Also, keep feminine hygiene products, diapers, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, cat litter, dental floss, and pharmaceuticals out of your septic system. In addition to causing a potential clog, these items are also bad for the bacteria balance in the system and can hinder groundwater quality.
- Use your garbage disposal sparingly, as it can cause the tank to fill up and require pumping services more frequently.
Give Us a Call
Sometimes, even with proper care, your septic tank may require the help of an experienced professional. Septic tank services are not a DIY activity. Our technicians can inspect your system to find out the root cause of any issues and determine if your tank needs to be pumped. If you are having trouble with your septic tank, give Darrell Crews Septic Tanks a call today at 904.923.1241.