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How to Maintain Your Commercial Septic System

Compared to residential systems, a commercial septic system handles a lot more wastewater. They are specifically designed for businesses and other facilities, from hospitals and schools to restaurants and hotels. If you want to keep it in good working order, it is important to know how to care for your septic system.

Know Your System

Keeping diagrams or drawings of your septic system helps you know where its components are on your property. This information is helpful for maintenance and repairs. If you do not have one, ask the local public works or records department.

Keep an Eye Out for Problems

Documenting servicing and repairs is also important. A record of issues you have helps identify problems that may require repairs or an upgrade. Ignoring maintenance issues could lead to costly fixes. Sudden maintenance issues could also affect your bottom line if you need to shut down during repairs.

Avoid Blockages

Keeping your commercial septic system clean helps avoid issues that could result in expensive repairs. Maintaining grease traps prevents clogs and unpleasant smells. You should also properly dispose of oils, fats, and grease rather than pour them down drains. Similarly, garbage and items like diapers and feminine hygiene products should not be flushed. Generally, anything other than toilet paper and human waste could block your commercial septic system.

Get Regular Cleaning

Most residential septic tanks require cleaning every three to five years. Commercial counterparts need to be pumped more often. The frequency depends on your commercial activity and how much wastewater the system handles. Set up a schedule based on your usage to keep your commercial septic system working properly. Getting an inspection also helps determine if the septic system needs to be pumped.

Take Care of Your Drain Field

Trees and shrubs should not be planted near your system’s drain field. As roots grow, they can damage and block pipes. Similarly, the drain field should be kept clear of decks, patios, and other structures. Cars, trucks, and other vehicles should also be kept off. Heavy vehicles and equipment can cause serious damage to components as well as the soil and grass that helps protect and support your system.

If you have a commercial septic system, maintenance is key to preventing problems. From overflows and clogged drain fields to broken pipes and pumps, many issues can be avoided with monitoring and cleaning.