Drip Septic System: Maintenance Instructions

A drip septic system is a liquid waste unit that drips water in the waste mixture as it is added to the septic tank. This is for the purpose of separating or breaking down the waste as it comes in, allowing it to break down and be absorbed properly into the ground table or leech field. The most common uses for this type of waste removal is for areas that are too rocky to install leech bed piping or are in rocky or wooded areas. This method is generally used by golf courses and the like that only use their facilities during warm months, and have little to no traffic in cold seasons.

Septic Tank Cleaning

It is important, in this type of drip septic system, to check the liquid levels on a regular basis. The reason for this, is that backwater or waste build up can clog the various screens and drip spouts in the tank. It is imperative that these filters and drip lines do not get clogged to prevent the system from backing up into your home. You can flush your septic and clean build up and residue from the sides of your tank, which can plug filters and lines.

Maintain the Lift Tank

The main lift tank handles the distribution and regulation of the waste water coming into your drip septic system. This unit has a circuit board and various pumps to keep the lines purged and clean, and in many cases, has added features to alert the owner when problems may be starting to form. This unit can detect backwater coming up through the lines as well as waste that may potentially be moving to clog up the drip system. Checking this panel on a regular basis is a good idea to prevent serious problems going forward.

Install Thermocouples near the Drip Spout

In the cold months, your drip septic system can start to freeze, as it is located in a shallow position in the tank. This means when the liquid level starts to climb, the drip spout can become submersed and start to cause other issues. To help protect yourself from this occurring, you will want to install thermocouples to detect these types of temperature changes in the tank. This will warn you of potential freezing and allow you an advanced warning that things are about to freeze.

Cleaning your Filters and Heads

Regular drip septic system maintenance would involve taking out and cleaning your catch filters regularly. Checking for blockages in your drip lines and making sure that the actual lines are getting flushed regularly. Most of these systems have a line purge mechanism in place that should do most of this work for you. However, in severe situations where the waste is not being absorbed at the proper pace, the liquid level in the tank can rise too high, allowing solids to clog the system. The drip lines should be kept clear of any solid waste, and the filter screens cleaned or replaced regularly to prevent this from happening.