Septic System Maintenance as a Business Owner

If you own a business that runs on a septic system, there are definitely some things you will want to do to maintain it so that it doesn’t cost you extra money down the road.  Septic system maintenance for a business is not that different from home septic system maintenance.  But, there are a four things that you will want to be sure to keep your eyes on so that your business septic system is properly functioning. 

Pump Frequently

According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, should be getting your septic system inspected by a professional every three years.[1]  It is also important to note that septic systems should be pumped every three to five years.[2] A professional will inspect for leaks and examine the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank and then determine if the system needs to be pumped.  If the system does need to be pumped, be sure to contact a professional to have them do it.  If you keep up with your pumping schedule, you should not experience any backups or issues with your septic system. As a business owner, the last thing you need is to worry about any septic issues impacting your operations.  

Make Sure to Get a Title 5 Inspection If You Meet the Requirements

If you don’t know what a Title 5 Inspection is, you can learn more about it in detail, here.  But, in short, a Title 5 Inspection is a regulation for Massachusetts State Environmental Code that determines if waste systems are functioning properly. This inspection helps protects local communities and ecosystems from any potential disruption due to on-site waste disposal systems. Title 5 Inspections are mandatory for anyone in Massachusetts who is planning to sell, refinance, or retitle a property, either residential or commercial. The inspection also may be required if you are planning to renovate or remodel a property. A Title 5 inspection will help determine if your septic system is running properly and if it needs to be pumped or not. It will also evaluate the system to ensure it is structurally sound and secure; this is especially important for businesses and commercial properties. Be sure to contact Bay State if you meet any of the aforementioned needs for a Title 5 Inspection. 

Use Water Efficiently

Over usage of water is one of the biggest issues in septic system maintenance. If you have any leaky toilets or faucets, you could be wasting even more water, which ultimately ends up in your septic system. But, if you are conscious about conserving water, then you can keep your septic system in top shape. Some suggestions for using water more efficiently in a business is to switch to energy-efficient faucets, as it will help conserve water usage. The more you work to conserve water, the less you will need to focus on septic system maintenance, even if it means spending slightly more upfront.

Properly Dispose of Waste

Anything that you put down any drain in your house will ultimately wind up in your septic system, which is why you should be aware of what you are flushing down toilets or stuffing down drains. The more things that are thrown carelessly into drains, the more clogged up your septic system gets.  There are many ways to prevent clogs in your pipes. A simple way thing to do as a business is to put up signs in restrooms reminding customers or employees not to flush any other sanitary products besides toilet paper down toilets or sinks. 

If you follow these four tips, you will be able to prevent any septic system malfunctions and be able to save money from not having to repair your septic system. If you have any questions or need assistance with septic system maintenance, be sure to contact Bay State.