Regular septic system maintenance is required for a cesspool to last long and perform optimally. This maintenance can be costly but if you are willing to put forth some physical effort and get a little messy, then you can save hundreds of dollars yearly and protect the life of your cesspool. Regular maintenance of a cesspool primarily focuses on the septic tank. This is because the septic tank's job is to keep the solids from entering the cesspool. The purpose of a cesspool is to drain the liquid waste into the ground under and around the cesspool. Problems occur when solids reach the cesspool. Therefore, a well maintained septic tank increases the life of the cesspool.

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Eliminate septic overflow with regular maintenance.

Step 1

Pump out the septic tank to remove the solid sludge that has accumulated at the base of the tank. Perform this every one to two years.

Step 2

Clear the sludge out of the front and rear septic tank baffles. Removing this excess residue eliminates the development of clogs in the septic system pipes.

Step 3

Inspect the tank lid for gaps and seal all of the gaps between the lid and the tank. Maintaining a proper seal will prevent rain and ground water from filling the tank, which results in the need for increased pumping of the tank.

Step 4

Inspect the surface of the grounds over the septic tank to ensure that no sink holes are forming. A sinkhole is often an indication that further professional attention is needed.

Step 5

Avoid flushing chemicals down the drain and into the tank as this directly affects the quality and longevity of the septic tank.

Step 6

Redirect the flow of any rain gutters away from the septic tank, as this adds unnecessary labor to the tank and can cause it to pre-maturely fill with water.

Step 7

Remove the use of garbage disposables, as this puts additional solids into the tank and often results in clogging.