A healthy septic system is an integral part of your household, especially when your home is not connected to the city's planned sewer system. And to keep it as healthy as possible and your household waste managed, you should make sure to follow some guidelines as a homeowner. Here are some tips to help you take the best care of your septic system and tank.

Look For an Inspection Certificate

Before you purchase a home that is on a septic system, you want to make sure you can verify the septic's maintenance and servicing has been completed as it needs to be and the system is working properly. If a home septic system was neglected and formed clogs within the drain field lines and in the line connection to the tank or a leak in the tank due to roots in the soil, it can cause problems and improper function of the entire system. 

A septic system inspection certificate will be provided with a septic system that meets all the criteria to function well and have a good maintenance schedule. The septic inspector will check the inside of the tank, its lines, and the drain field waste field lines to make sure they are in proper condition. 

The septic inspection will also verify the capacity of the tank in relation to the size of the home. For example, if the tank is a smaller-sized tank and the home is a five bedroom 3,000 square foot home, the septic tank may not receive the inspection approval it needs. Some states require this inspection on a home sale, but it is something that is beneficial to you when you purchase a home.

Plan For Regular Service

Once you move into the home, plan to hire a regular professional septic service every few years to your system. As your household waste fills the tank the solid waste will collect inside the bottom of your tank while the fluids drain out into the leech field. Some of the solids in the tank will break down in the presence of beneficial bacteria within the tank, but the excess will build up over time and need to be pumped.

Your septic professional will arrive with a septic pump truck, which they will access your tank via its hatch opening in the ground of your yard. Make sure you know the location of the septic tank access hatch, so you are not digging around in your yard's septic landscaping when the septic professional arrives to service the tank.

If your septic system is due for maintenance, make sure to call a professional, like http://sullivanseptic.net, to help.