Septic New Year’s Resolutions
1. Review the “Do Not Flush” List
Some items are safe to put into your septic system, and then some items are not safe. You should think about the things you put into the toilets and the drains in your house. Non-flushable items can include bleach, coffee grounds, hair, hygienic wipes, and pharmaceuticals.
Un-flushable items can clog your pipes. If this happens, we suggest you call your trusted professional. It’s not a good idea to take care of the problem yourself. A septic professional has all of the necessary tools to remove clogs from pipes and other parts of your septic system. It’s so much easier when an expert can tell you exactly what’s wrong with your septic system. Don’t waste time guessing!
2. Know Your Septic Layout
You may already know where the septic tank is on your property, but are you sure you know where the main pipes are? To avoid problems, know their locations and the dangers that affect your septic system.
If you have pets that like to dig, you should keep them away from your septic system. Or, perhaps you’re planning to do some construction work or landscaping. Even if you’re hiring a professional to do that work, you should be aware of areas dangerous to your septic system.
3. Know the Warning Signs
If you’re aware of septic warnings signs and their dangers, you can stop a major problem before it happens. Quickly, some warning signs are,
- Standing Water in Your Septic Field
- Overly Green Grass
- Noticeable Changes to Your Drinking Water
- Slow Drains
- Water Backup
Noticing these symptoms means you could catch a problem before it happens. Remember always to call a professional if you need something repaired on your property.
4. Conserve Water
Conserving water can actually help out your septic system. An overworked system means a shorter lifespan. Problems with a failing system include flooding and costly repairs, which is why it’s on our septic New Year’s resolutions list.
Conserving water is easy. You can do so many simple things to keep your water use to a minimum. Watch your water use in the kitchen and avoid letting the water run into an empty sink. If you aren’t actually using the water, turn off the faucet.
Water conservation happens in the bathroom too. Don’t let the water run while brushing your teeth. You can also conserve water by watching how much time you spend in the shower.
5. Pump Your Tank
Get a fresh start in 2019 by pumping your septic tank. Depending on how old your septic tank is, it could be in need of professional help. Having guests over for the holidays increases septic use, which can lead to more solid waste in your system.
Your tank collects the solid waste coming from your house. A properly working septic tank will filter and process the solid waste, dispelling the wastewater into your drain field. But, over time the solid waste will build up and need to be pumped.
It’s just part of owning a septic tank.
Start 2019 out by making a pumping schedule so that you don’t have to worry about it for the years to come.
6. Create a Maintenance Schedule
Your septic tank needs regular maintenance. This includes regular pumps and inspections.
Annual inspections are a good idea, especially if your septic system is getting older. Professionals can catch small repairs or maintenance between they become more significant problems that will cost you more money when something breaks. Fixing minor issues now means avoiding larger issues in the future.