If your property has a septic tank system, proactive water conservation can make the difference between a small repair and full-on replacement. Most septic tank systems require an inspection every 3-5 years, and annually for systems with electrical pumps, float switches and other mechanical components. Most septic systems last approximately 30 years, so if you haven’t had extensive repairs or a full replacement in that time span, your septic tank system is likely overdue for an update.

With regular septic tank inspections, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that an accredited professional will guarantee your system function. There are often many small, telltale signs that you’ll miss if you’re not an expert and don’t know what to look for. Things like obstructive root systems for certain plants, flooding or event wet spots on your lawn, or even distinctive odors can all indicate an issue with your septic tank or drainage field.

One of the easiest ways to maintain your septic system is to be mindful of water usage as the less water drained down into the system, the more efficient it will function in the long term by preventing the risk of flooding by giving your septic tank enough time to treat waste without excessive water drainage. Most single-family homes use up to 70 gallons of water a day, so thinking about water waste becomes a question of efficiency and long-term cost.