If your home relies on a septic tank to process its wastewater, it is important to be mindful of the types of issues these systems can experience so that you can take proactive steps to keep the system safe. For homeowners that have only recently acquired a property that uses a septic tank, it may not be as daunting of a task as is expected.
Use Septic-Safe Toilet Products
Many of the most common problems with septic tank systems will stem from using incorrect toilet products. More specifically, using toilet products that are too thick or made of materials that are difficult to break down can lead to serious problems for the system as they can clog it. Whenever you are buying toilet products, it can be important to opt for ones that are clearly labeled as being safe for use with a modern septic tank system. Furthermore, you should still make it a point to use these products in moderation as there are limits to the amount of material that the system can effectively break down.
Be Extremely Cautious With Pouring Grease Down The Drain
Grease is another common culprit for septic tank issues. When homeowners pour grease down the drains, it will eventually make it to the septic tank. Once inside the tank, this grease can be extremely difficult to break down, and it may also leave a sticky residue in the system. In some instances, it may also combine with other solid materials in the septic tank, which can create extremely problematic blockages in the system. Installing grease traps for the kitchen drain can be an effective and convenient way of preventing grease from making it into the septic tank.
Avoid Letting The Soil Erode Around The Septic System's Components
Over the years, the soil that covers the septic tank, drain field and other key components can start to erode. Homeowners will often fail to appreciate that this can be a major problem for the system. The soil that covers these components is to both keep them out of sight while also protecting them. Without this layer of soil, the septic system's components can be more prone to freezing during the winter months or suffering physical damage from impacts. If you notice the soil eroding away from these components, it can be worth the costs and labor to buy replacement soil for this area. By applying as little as a few inches of soil, you can greatly reduce the risk of these items suffering damage.