If you have a home, you may have the luxury of a septic system to collect waste water. Your septic tank and the septic piping system are an important part within your home's water cycle, needing proper care to have them work with success. Here are some steps you should take within your home to help keep your septic system running without incident or downtime, allowing everyone within your home to enjoy fresh water without worry of a waste water backup.
Clean Out The Tank
Your septic tank needs to be regularly cleaned out by a septic pumping service so waste water does not overflow onto your property. A septic service, such as Linn Septic Service, can determine how frequently you should pump out your tank depending on the number of people living in your home, the size of the tank, and the water usage patterns your family displays. A good rule of thumb is to have your septic system inspected each year and to have it pumped every one to three years on average.
Watch What You Flush
Make sure all members of your family are aware that nothing should be flushed down the toilets besides water, human waste, and toilet paper. Flushing paper towels, diapers, sanitary napkins or other paper products may seem as if they would disintegrate within the septic, but this is not the case. These items are too large to get through the smaller pipes that go out to your leach field, and they can cause your septic pump to seize, thereby causing an array of problems including the need for an emergency pump and possibly water backing up inside the home.
Each time you use a sink or toilet, you are placing water into your septic tank to be pumped out to your leach field. This takes electricity and puts wear and tear on the water pump each time it is used. To help keep your pump working with ease, do some conservation on the amount of water you place into your septic system daily. Make sure to turn off sinks when you brush your teeth. Fix any running toilets or drippy faucets within your home.
Never Use Chemicals
Using chemicals within your drains can cause havoc inside your septic tank. There are several products that claim to help clear clogged drains, but these can alter the consistency of the waste within your septic tank, making it harder to pump to the leech field. Instead of clearing clogs with chemicals, use vinegar or baking soda, as these are natural ingredients that will not harm your septic.
How much do you know about your septic system and how it works? Do you understand why you should flush or run things down into the septic system? Do you know what you should or shouldn't be using in your home because of how it could affect the septic system? Visit my site to learn everything from the basic maintenance of your home septic system to replacing a pump that no longer works. Hopefully, you will find everything that I have learned over the years helpful in avoiding the costly and smelly damage caused by a failed home septic system.