December 1, 2016

2 Steps To Take To Keep Your Septic System In Good Condition

A septic system can often be a little bit tricky for many people to properly maintain, mostly because it has its own set of quirks and issues that don’t really come up with a traditional sewage system. Listed below are two steps you can take to keep your septic system in good condition.

Try To Flush Only Septic Safe Items

One of the easiest steps that you can take to keep your septic system in good condition is to try to flush only items that are septic safe down your drains or toilet. In most cases, septic safe means items that will be able to break down in a timely manner once they are in the septic tank. This is very important because, if items do not break down quickly in a septic tank, they can very easily cause the tank to become full earlier than normal, which can lead to the tank becoming damaged or overflowing.

Some of the most common items that you will want to keep out of your septic tank will include cloth, plastic, metals, and any type of animal bones. In many cases, the aforementioned items will either take many months or years to break down, if they break down all.

In addition, you can also consider purchasing septic safe items to use around your home that were specifically made to break down quickly once they are in the septic tank. Examples of this include septic safe toilet paper and paper towels that do not take quite as long to break down in the tank as their traditional variants or septic safe kitty litter that does not clump up as hard as traditional litter and will also break down in a septic tank. 

Hire A Pumping Service

Another important step to take in order to keep your septic system in good condition is to hire a pumping service. A pumping service will be able to come to your property and remove all of the waste from the septic tank. It is very important that you follow this step and have the septic tank pumped out fairly regularly even if you do not notice any problems with your septic system.

The reason for this is that by the time you notice any problems with your septic tank, it is usually far too late to resolve the issue inexpensively. For example, some of the most common signs that something is wrong with your septic tank include a flooded yard or sewage that has happened to back up into your home, both fairly disgusting and expensive issues to resolve. If you are unsure about how often you should empty your septic tank, speak with a septic tank service and discuss the size of your household and they should be able to provide you with a reliable pumping schedule that you can utilize.

Contact a plumber or septic service today to discuss what they would recommend that you do in order to protect your septic system. In order to keep your septic system in good condition, it is important that you try to flush only septic safe items down your drains and toilet while also hiring a pumping service on a regular basis.