Keeping your septic system functioning properly requires you to be a hands-on homeowner. Failure to maintain the system will result in damage that could be costly to your wallet and the environment.
From being cautious about what you put down the drain, to monitoring outdoor conditions, and being consistent about service, here are eight things to know about your septic system.
1. Do not dump grease or oils down the drain
Think twice before you dump something down the drain. Cooking grease, fats and oils will harden in your pipes and cause your septic system to backup. They can also prevent the bacteria in your septic tank from breaking up the waste, and inhibit your system from working efficiently.
2. Be cautious with laundry and do not bleach
Even the newer, more efficient washing machines still use around 20 gallons of water. That means 20 gallons of water filled with detergent and chemicals is entering your septic system with every load of laundry. To prevent overloading your system, spread out washing throughout the week and avoid using bleach.
3. Do not dump your medication down the drain
Although it’s convenient to dispose of unused medicine by dumping it down the drain, or flushing it down the toilet, for the sake of your septic system, don’t. Instead, dispose of it in the garbage or return it to your pharmacy. Antibiotics will kill the microorganisms that your septic system relies on to break down waste.
4. There are limits to what it can handle
Your septic system is only meant to break down waste. It cannot handle items like paper towels, wet wipes, bandages, kitty litter, or diapers. These items will cause severe blockages for your septic, and expensive repairs for you.
5. Check for muddy ground
Walk the ground around your septic field. If you see that it is is muddy, or if your feet sink into soggy ground, you should monitor your water usage or contact a professional for service.
6. Monitor the grass above your leach lines
If the grass above your leach lines is turning brown during the summer, then your system is working properly. Avoid over-watering the brown grass. If you don’t know where your leach lines are, you can contact your septic provider to map out your system.
MAINTAINING YOUR SEPTIC SYSTEM
7. Stay out of your tank
Always monitor your tank with caution. It’s very important that you never enter your septic tank! As the human waste breaks down, the microorganisms release deadly gases and pathogens.
8. Get it checked regularly
To keep your system running properly, schedule a regular service every 1-3 years. When you speak with a service professional, be sure to communicate any problems or concerns. Since each septic system is unique, only a professional will know how often your tank needs servicing or pumping. Remember, never guess or avoid having your septic serviced – you don’t want to risk your tank overflowing or backing up. It could be extremely costly.
Need Professional Help?
Although these tips are essential for maintaining the health of your septic system, it’s best to get answers from the professionals. If you need advice or assistance, contact our team today (Click Here).