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How to Keep Your Septic System Healthy

septic tankKnowing how to maintain your septic system can help prolong its years and save you from expensive repairs. The maintenance isn’t complex and can be easily done by anyone. Below are some easy tips on how to maintain your septic system.

Be Mindful of the Drain field

The drain field is a part of the septic system that helps eliminate liquid impurities that surface from the septic tank. It’s an integral component and should be taken care of. Avoid parking near the drain field as the vehicle might add weight to the drain field surface. Also, don’t plant trees or any large vegetation near the septic tank as the roots will breach the pipe system and cause an obstruction.

Don’t Turn the Toilet into a Garbage Disposal

Be careful what you flush into the toilet, because whatever you drain down can greatly affect the septic system. A lot of people treat the toilet as some sort of garbage can which is not advisable. These wastes can pile up the septic tank and deter its performance. Don’t flush tissues, cigarettes, paper, female hygiene items, dental floss, cooking oil, etc. Basically, just use the toilet as what it’s intended to do–flush human wastes.

Take Care of the Sink

You may be too focused with the toilet that you forgot that the sink can also directly affect the septic system. Chemical drain cleaners are often used to sanitise drains but it can actually cause detrimental effects to the drain pipes and ultimately the septic tank. The acid and chemicals can corrode the interior liners of your plumbing system. If you want to clean your drain, just use an auger and/or hot water. You should also avoid pouring cooking oil and grease, especially in the kitchen sink.

Be Economical with Water Usage

The septic tank has to filter out both solid and liquid waste each day. Liquid waste doesn’t just involve the urine you flushed in the toilet, but also the extra or wasted water drained by the different plumbing fixtures of your house. The squandered water adds more work to the septic system.

What you need to do is to be efficient with your water consumption. This can be achieved by purchasing water-efficient fixtures like toilets, showerheads, taps, etc. Aside from making your septic tank more effective, being economical with your water usage can also save you money.

Pumping the Tank

You should get your septic tank pumped at least once a year to avoid accumulating the solid waste and sludge. Most tanks can only store one year’s worth of litter. The cost in pumping may vary with the area and plumbing company. It’s also important to take note that there are cases when the occurrence of pumping will depend on the size of the septic tank.

Prolonging the pump can damage the soak away and cause complicated health concerns. Don’t ever try to open the lid of a septic tank by yourself as you may be exposed to dangerous contaminants and airborne bacteria. Just let the plumbing experts handle any septic tank inspection and repair.