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Show Your Septic System Some Love This Spring

On-Site Sewage & Well Permitting Program Manager Gary Porter
by Gary Porter03/13/2018 4:52 p.m.
Updated: 01/04/2019

Spring is around the corner, and that means longer days and warmer weather. As these changes bring you out of your home and into the sun, it’s not just your yard that needs maintenance. That wastewater treatment system you have in your yard—your on-site septic system—also needs some love.

More than 80,000 Pierce County homeowners use an on-site septic system to collect, treat and dispose of the wastewater from their homes. The Health Department works with septic professionals and homeowners to ensure septic systems work properly. Good septic maintenance helps protect our surface and ground water from sewage contamination.  

Why should you care about your septic system? You wouldn’t wait until your car is broken down on the side of the road before you checked the oil or made sure enough air was in the tires, would you? If you have to replace your septic system, it may cost  you more than $20,000. The cheapest septic system you will ever have is the one you have now. The smartest thing you can do is to keep it working properly.  

How can you do this? Just like you regularly maintain your car, your septic system needs care and maintenance, too. Imagine if you stopped changing your car’s oil, what would happen? You use your septic system every day, and some days it works harder than others—like laundry day or during a large family gathering. But don't worry; you can take steps to keep your septic system working for years to come. 

Six steps to show your septic some love 

1. Keep records of your septic system location, type, repairs and pumpings. If you don't have this information, contact us

2. Check the drainfield and down slope areas for signs of wet ground or surfacing sewage. 

3. Hire a certified septic service company to get regular system inspections. Find a list of certified companies

4. Follow your service provider’s maintenance recommendations, such as pumping your septic tank or repairing broken or worn out parts. 

5. Don't put food scraps or trash down your drain. 

6. Fix water leaks and use water saving fixtures to reduce the amount of wastewater going to your system. 

Take these steps inside your home and hire a septic professional to uncover and check your system on the outside of your home. Handle minor repairs before they become major problems that could cost you big money. 

It’s like making sure to change the oil and air filter regularly on your car and repair any cracked hoses. It’s preventative maintenance that will keep your septic system running well for years to come. 

Protect the investment you have in your home and property today. Keep your septic system in good working order. Learn more information about how to care your septic system at: www.tpchd.org/septiccare.

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  1. Updated: 01/04/2019
  2. Updated: 01/03/2019
On-Site Sewage & Well Permitting Program Manager Gary Porter

by Gary Porter

Gary helps keep our groundwater safe as the manager of our on-site sewage & well permitting program.

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