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Preventative maintenance is key to keeping things running smoothly. Your septic system requires preventative maintenance to reduce the risk of costly breakdowns. At Eggan Septic, we proudly offer preventative maintenance solutions for septic systems in central New York. 

Why You Should Have Your Septic Tank Maintained

Faulty septic tanks are hazardous to the environment and can create unsafe conditions that put people’s health at risk. Regular preventive maintenance ensures that your tank operates under safe conditions for both you and the environment. Rather than waiting for an unpleasant surprise, regular maintenance allows you to identify issues early, so they can be addressed before they cause any significant problems.


Septic tanks are composed of three distinct layers that work in harmony to process waste. These layers need to be appropriately balanced with the right amounts of anaerobic and aerobic bacteria to keep your system functioning. The effluent layer—the filtered wastewater that sits between the two solid layers—must be able to drain out to the leach field. Otherwise, too much liquid will build up in your tank, requiring you to have it pumped more often. 

When You Should Have Your Septic Tank Pumped

Household septic systems should be pumped regularly—at least every three to five years, and more frequently for larger families. Keep an eye out for these warning signs that may indicate it is time to have your septic tank pumped: 

  • Abnormally lush grass or pooling water above your leach field
  • Water draining unusually slowly in your home
  • A foul odor in or around your home

How to Keep Your System in Great Shape

In addition to regular maintenance, there are a few things homeowners can do to keep their septic systems functioning properly, including: 

  • Reducing water usage. Install high-efficiency low-flow toilets and showerheads to minimize the amount of excess water in your tank. 
  • Spacing out laundry loads. All that soap and water can quickly overload your tank. Rather than doing all your laundry on one day, spread it out throughout the week. 
  • Properly dispose of waste. A septic system is not a trash can! Keep cooking grease, hygiene products, baby wipes, etc., out of your septic system to prevent issues. 

Eggan Septic & Environmental Services is your premier source for septic system maintenance and installation in central New York. Keep your system running smoothly with regular service—call (315) 339-1847 to schedule an appointment today!