The septic tank is arguably the most important part of your septic system; this is where the separation and treatment of wastes take place. This is why you need to preempt problems with your tank because such problems inevitably find their way into the house. Here are a few tips to avoid septic tank problems:
Inspect the Tank Regularly
Septic tanks don't just overflow or get damaged overnight; the damage starts out small and grows big overtime. Therefore, if you inspect your tank regularly, you will notice the telltale signs that may mean the tank is developing a problem. Signs of septic tank problems include extra green grass around the septic tank, patches of standing water near the drain field, and bad odor emanating from the septic tank.
Pump the Tank Every Few Years
The septic tank treats the wastes it receives by holding it until the heavy solids can settle at the bottom and the lighter effluent remains on top. Over time, the solids that settle at the bottom of the tank increase and reduce the effectiveness of the tank because there is less room for the incoming waste. That is why you need to pump the septic tank regularly, say, every three years or so.
Get Professional Repairs When Needed
Your septic tank will also be in good shape if you let a professional plumber handle its repairs instead of executing DIY repairs. For example, if the septic tank cracks, connecting pipes get clogged or disconnected or get attacked by tree roots, you should call a plumber because a DIY fix may not work and may even result in further damage.
Don't Let Harmful Substances into the Tank
The septic tank is meant for handling wastes, but this doesn't mean that it can handle everything thrown into it. There are some types of wastes that shouldn't find their way into the tank because they will interfere with its efficiency. Things like drain cleaners, household cleaners, diapers, and cat litter, for example, should not go down the drain. Ideally, your septic system should only handle human waste and the organic materials (read tissue paper) used to clean human waste.
Cover Up the Tank Location with Grass
Lastly, you should also plant grass over your septic field. Planting grass will prevent soil erosion, remove soil moisture, and improve the exchange of oxygen into the soil, all of which are beneficial for your septic system. As a side note, don't plant any other thing with deeper roots than grass since it may damage the septic tank and its pipes.
For more information, contact companies like River City Septic & Excavating.
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