Prolonging the Life of Your Septic System & Septic Tank Care
Your septic tank serves a vital purpose in your household, and it must be cared for like any other important unit. Failing to care for your septic system properly can cause an expensive malfunction, repair, and a disgusting mess. It’s one of the reasons we are always talking about proper septic tank care!
In this article, you’ll learn about four essential tips that help you prolong the life of your septic system.
Septic Tank Care & Prolonging the Life of Your Septic System
1. Inspect Your Pump Frequently
Septic systems are made up of many different parts from pumps to filters to drain fields. Also, all of those parts are under the ground taking away your ability to “keep an eye” on them.
One of the most significant parts of proper septic tank care and taking care of your septic system is having a professional inspect your system regularly. Now, we aren’t talking every month. However, once a year or every other year at least!
The frequency in which a septic tank should be inspected and pumped depends on four major factors:
High-efficiency toilets – Toilets account for 25-30% of household water use. Many older homes have older toilets that 3.5 – 5-gallon reservoirs, while newer models provide more efficient 1.6 (or less) tanks. If you have an older toilet, make the switch to a newer model.
High-efficiency faucet aerators and shower heads – Newer faucet aerators, shower flow restrictors, and shower heads all help to reduce the volume of water that enters your septic system.
Washing machines – Washing moderate loads of laundry is an efficient water use habit you can start using to care for your septic tank. Also, try to spread out your laundry days throughout the week instead of doing it all in one day.
Whether you dispose of waste in the garbage disposal, down the sink, or in the toilet, it will all end up in your septic tank. Therefore, what goes down the drain ultimately affects how long your septic tank will last.
Non-flushable wipes, such as wet wipes and baby wipes
Cooking oil or grease
Feminine hygiene products
Household chemicals, such as paint thinners, oil, septic, pesticides, etc
4. Maintain your Drainfield
Prolonging the life your septic system goes beyond septic tank care.
Your drainfield is a component of your septic tank system that removes contaminants from liquids that are emitted from your tank. Being an essential part of your septic tank system, here are a few things you should do to keep it in working order:
Placement – Keep sump pumps, roof drains, and other drainage systems away from your drainfield. Excess water in your drainfield area can stop or slow down the wastewater treatment process.
If you are having issues with your septic tank, have questions about proper septic tank care, or if it’s time for an inspection from one of our licensed professionals, give us a call today at (352) 242-6100.