You may find yourself wondering if it is important to maintain your septic system. The answer to that question is a definite yes for the following reasons. Maintaining your system properly will save you money in the long run. It also protects the value of your property and it keeps you, your neighbors, and the environment healthy.    

    Eldredge’s annual maintenance fee is typically $200 to $300. At first this may seem like a financial burden, however proper maintenance every three to four years is a  steal compared to having to repair a failing system. This can cost you $3,000 to $7,000.    The type, size of your system, and the number of people living in your home will determine how often your system will need to be serviced. If you have any other questions about maintaining your system visit

    Another thing that you should consider is the value of your property. If a septic system is neglected and it becomes unusable or in disrepair the property value will fall. Proper maintenance will prolong the life of your system.

    Household wastewater is full of bacteria and viruses with high levels of nitrogen and phosphorous that can cause harm to you and your neighbors. When a system is maintained properly and all of its components are working correctly it will remove the majority of these pollutants. Groundwater contamination occurs when the sewage is not treated properly. This increases the risk of disease among humans and animals, and also creates the risk of contaminating any water surface nearby. Thus, when your system is healthy, everyone else around you will be healthy.   

    Lastly, proper maintenance is essential to protecting the environment. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency more then four billion gallons of wastewater is dispersed below the ground’s surface every day. If your system is not working properly that is a massive amount of untreated wastewater entering the ground, and it does not just stay in one place. All of those bacteria and viruses enter into our streams, our rivers, our lakes, causing harm to our environment. 

    These examples display why you should take the appropriate steps to ensure that your system is well maintained. Your efforts will not only save you lots of money, but it will also support a more green, sustainable community. 

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