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  • On any given day you don't think about septic system maintenance. But, if your septic system could speak, it would remind you how much you rely upon it in your daily life. Not only do you rely on it, but each of us that have a septic system must take care in how we treat it, and like an oil change keep up with it on a regular basis. But this raises several questions:

    • Why is Septic System Maintenance important?
    • How to maintain your septic system?
    • What are the Do's and Don'ts to properly care for it on a regular basis?
  • Why is Septic System Maintenance important?

    There are several motivating factors to keeping up with your septic system maintenance. The strongest motivators we've noticed with our customers are:

    • The health of family, neighborhood, and the environment - When septic system maintenance is left by the wayside, so is untreated and contaminated water left exposed to the environment. This waste water can cause serious hazards to public health.
    • Repair and replacement cost - Would you rather pay $250 for a septic system inspection and maintenance or up to $10,000 to replace the whole system because it was left unattended for too long? We know it may seem like an inconvenience. That's why at Coastal Rooter we make all our services as quick and painless as possible. We also want you to be able protect your wallet.
    • Property Value - Pollution through improper use of your septic tank can ruin the value of your home and that of your entire community. Protect your investments and your homes through regular maintenance.
  • How to maintain your septic system

  • Proper Tank Inspection Includes:

    1. Locate the system.
    2. Uncover the manhole and inspection parts.
    3. Check connections.
    4. Measure the sludge and scum layers.
    5. Check the tank and drain field.
  • Do's and Don'ts of Septic System Maintenance

    A basic knowledge of your septic system can make a great difference in protecting your home. With a septic system it isn't enough to simply own it and call us for regular maintenance. You also have a part to play in your daily life.

  • Do's

    • Record the location of your Septic tank and drain field.
    • Inspect Your System Annually.
    • Have your septic system pumped by a licensed contractor like Coastal Rooter every three to five years.
    • Keep your septic system accessible.
    • Call at the first sign of system failure.
    • Conserve water to avoid overflow and pushing out waste water that has not yet been separated.
    • Repair leaks quickly
  • Don'ts

    • Never go into your septic tank. The gases produced are toxic and deadly!
    • Don't drive over your septic system.
    • Don't plant near your system.
    • Keep the area above the drain field clear of everything except grass. Nothing solid or heavy should be placed near or on your drain field.
    • Call a licensed professional for all repairs.
    • Don't add anything to your septic tank. Most additives cause more harm than good.
    • Don't pour chemicals into your toilet or drains. They can kill the cleaning bacteria in the septic tank.
    • Check with your local regulatory agency before using a garbage disposal.
  • Call Coastal Rooter in San Diego, CA

    We're available 24/7 for all your septic system maintenance, repair, and replacement needs. We hope you only have to call us for maintenance, rather than for repair and replacement. But our professional technicians are always prepared to care for your septic system. So give Coastal Rooter a call today!


    Your advice on septic system maintenance is right on. I grew up with a septic system in a family of six. I can tell you that when not treated properly, the whole house paid for it. Your advice about having your system pumped regularly is great but is probably rarely followed. Do you have a quick way to remind your customers that it is time to have Coastal Rooter back?


    Hey Edgar. Thanks for the informative post. All of your tips and dos and don'ts are very helpful. I have a question for you. How can you tell if you have a septic system. I live in Ohio in a regular suburban neighborhood. My sewage is tied into the city system and I pay a water and sewage bill to the city. Do I have a septic system, or is this something that the city takes care of? Thanks for you help with this.