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Most people don’t think about their septic system until it’s not working. You should look at the maintenance of your septic system as you do the maintenance of your car—it needs periodic inspections and maintenance to run properly and last as long as possible.

Our Homeowners Guide to Onsite Septic Systems is a great source of information.

Septic systems have become more complex, and so have their monitoring and maintenance needs. Most modern septic systems require an annual inspection at a minimum. If your system isn’t maintained properly its chances of failure increase dramatically. If you own an alternative system (with pumps, treatment devices, or other non-standard components) you must have an annual maintenance contract with a certified monitoring and maintenance specialist.

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