Maintaining your Onsite Sewage Treatment System

maintaining onsite sewage system

In order for your Onsite Sewage System to operate effectively, it will need to be maintained and cleaned regularly. Although this service is generally completed by an approved Contractor, there are some actions that you can take to be proactive in the operating efficiency and effectiveness of your sewerage system. These regular cleaning and maintenance checks will ensure that your system operates perfectly for years to come.

Maintenance Contracts

All on-site wastewater systems require regular maintenance and cleaning. This is generally done by a professional and can be arranged through your system installer or one of their specialized agents. It is important that you factor this cost in when deciding  which onsite treatment system is right for you. Each onsite treatment system can have its own service requirements specific to that unit so don’t assume that they all cost the same to maintain.

Council Requirements

The installation of an onsite sewerage system will require a building consent from Council. As part of the process, Whangarei Council requires that you sign a maintenance agreement with your system provider or approved septic cleaning specialist before they will approve your design. They may require that this contract be submitted along with your application. Your system supplier will be able to give you a copy of the agreement.

Maintenance Costs

Maintenance costs can vary depending on the service provider you use. Remember to ask about:

  1. How often will you need the system to be checked?
  2. Who will be the servicing contractor (and check their reviews and references)?
  3. How much does each maintenance visit cost? 

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When choosing an onsite sewer system, make sure you check the maintenance requirements of each system as they can vary in cost and also in the number of checks needed each year.

Can you Service your own Onsite Septic System?

As a Homeowner, you may want to know what you can do to to ensure that your onsite system is running effectively.

Once your system is installed, your supplier will arrange to visit you at home and run through everything you need to know about caring for your new sewage system. While Council may require a minimum annual visit from a professional service agent, you can still take steps to ensure that this cost is kept to a minimum by ensuring that your system is operated correctly.

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