Every three to five years–that’s how often David Meints, owner of Meinco Waste Water, said homeowners should consider servicing their wastewater systems. Without it, septic tanks can run into costly issues.

David has been designing and installing wastewater systems for homes and businesses for over 20 years. He’s found that most systems last, without servicing, for 20 to 25 years. “I started in 1996,” David said. “That means the systems I did in 2000 should be just about played out, and that’s not fair. If they take care of it, pump it on a regular basis, and respect the system, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t continue to last. The soil can manage it.” And new systems can cost between $5,000 to $25,000, which means that getting the system examined and pumped every few years can save quite a bit of money in the long run.

Plus there are other easy ways to take care of a septic system, like being careful about toilet paper selection. “Toilet paper needs to be marked septic safe,” David said. “Septic-safe toilet paper is engineered to biodegrade within 24 hours. There is toilet paper on the shelves that is not going to break down in the system, which will impact the longevity of the septic tank.” With those few, simple changes, wastewater systems and septic tanks can last much longer. “If
they do that one simple thing, they can extend their wastewater system’s life expectancy by a
few decades,” David said.

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