Tips and Tricks

A septic system can last decades or even longer than that, even a lifetime.  With the proper maintenance and by avoiding abusing or exceeding a septic systems capabilities.  The required schedule for septic pumping San Antonio and the State TECQ can be found here.  Septic pumping and cleaning are highly recommended and required by the state.  Compared to the extremely costly drain field repairs that will occur if maintenance is not Septic Pumping Tips and Tricksperformed having your septic system regularly pumped and inspected is a no-brainer.

Here are some tips and tricks for taking care of your septic system.

Know what not to put down your drains.

  • Cooking oils do not break down like biodegradable waste and can cause odor problems.
  • Chemicals like weedkiller, bleach, paints, thinners damage the septic tank.
  • Feminine hygiene products, cotton swabs, cigarette butts or basically any non bio-degradable paper product.
  • Saltwater will destroy your drain field and cause effluent to back up in the field
  • TOO much water.  Septic tanks can overflow and a volume of water higher than what the tank can hold will cause a smelly overflow of scum and waste.


  1. Test your septic systems alarm.  A functioning alarm system will alert you if scum levels exceed the specifications of your septic system.
  2. DO NOT plant trees within 20 feet of your septic tanks drain field.
  3. If freezing conditions occur protect your septic systems exposed pipes.
  4. Know where your cleanouts are.
  5. Have your septic pumping San Antonio at the required intervals