September Celebrates Septic Safety Week – How to Keep Your Septic Safe All Year Round

September 19th through 23rd marked the 10th Septic Safety Week! Awareness surrounding septic safety is highly encouraged by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and we at Lion Septic Service wish to share information for our customers and community to keep your septic system safe year round.

When we say we want to help you keep your septic system safe, we don’t just mean your septic system! By keeping your septic system running properly, you are in turn keeping your family safe, your neighbors safe, and helping protect the environment! As a bonus, keeping your septic system maintained can also protect your home’s property value!

How does maintaining your septic system keep you and your family safe?

Proper maintenance is critical to your septic system’s longevity but also to your family and neighbor’s health. Well maintained septic systems will remove pollutants that occur in household wastewater including bacteria, viruses, high levels of nitrogen, and phosphorus. If a system is not properly taken care of, these pollutants can spread through groundwater and spread disease to humans and animals. Potential illnesses include eye and ear infections and acute gastrointestinal illness and even hepatitis.

How can I protect the environment with regular septic system care?

In addition to contaminated groundwater causing disease and health issues in humans and animals, these contaminated waters can also lead to local waterways. This negatively impacts native plants and fish in local waterways and rivers.

The tank of your septic system is not the only part that requires maintenance!

A pump every 1-3 years, depending on a number of factors, is absolutely recommended by Lion Septic Service as well as the EPA. However, don’t wait until your next pump to have your system assessed. There are multiple components of a septic system that need servicing besides the normally scheduled pump out! Investing in yearly maintenance versus covering the cost of a new system is a much more favorable route to take.

Protect your property value:

An unusable or failing septic system can be a hard stop when choosing to purchase a new home. Make sure you aren’t the seller in this situation!

Keep your septic system safe by recognizing these common signs of a failing system:

  • Gurgling sounds in your plumbing
  • Smelly drinking water
  • Sewage odor around your tank or drain field
  • Slow drains in your home
  • Any backups from sinks, toilets, or drains

Practices to Maintain the Health of Your Septic System

Protect Your Drain Field

Test Your Water Yearly

Septic Assessment

Your drain field is only 24 – 48 inches below the ground’s surface. Avoid parking on your drain field, and inform the members of your household where it is so they don’t accidentally either!

 

As we mentioned before, there are risks of improperly maintained septic systems affecting water quality. Have your water tested annually for possible pollutants. Contact the EPA Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791 or visit epa.gov/safewater/labs.

 

 

As a member of our Total Care Club, we offer a septic assessment which includes checking liquid levels, tank construction, structural integrity, access points, inlet outlet tees and baffles, and also checking for cracks and leaks.

 

Protect the health of your family, neighbors, environment, and even your wallet! Call Lion Home Service at (970) 551-6987 today for your septic needs.

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