Is water backing up out of your drain or toilet? Or is there a gurgling sound coming from the drains? Or are there clogs in the main sewer line? These are the most common red flags, waving to warn you that your septic tanks need to be repaired immediately.
As long as our septic system is working, we don’t give it much attention. The homeowners who respond to their home’s early warning system can ward off critical sewer issues. It’s better to take proper care of your septic system or you to avoid the costly expense of replacing it.
One of the simplest ways to keep your system running properly is to get it cleaned regularly. Read on to learn more tips for extending the life of your septic tank:
Routine inspection and pumping
At a minimum, your septic system needs both inspection and pumping once every three to four years. If your septic tank becomes too full of waste materials, they might stick and leak into the drain field. It is necessary to call a professional to perform routine pumping and inspection to avert overflow of waste materials.
Conserving water is crucial for maintaining the life of your septic tank.
Here are some of the ways to conserve water:
• Fix leaks and drips
• Take shorter showers
• Only run the dishwasher when it is full
• Do fewer loads of laundry per day
• Use a displacer to reduce the quantity of water required to flush the toilet
Be Careful What Goes Down the Drain
Don’t flush paper towels, newspaper, wrapping paper, rags, cat litter, sanitary napkins and tampons, condoms, disposable diapers or wipes, grease, fuels, paint, thinner, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, fats, grease or oil, photographic solutions, antibiotics into your septic system. Remember, not everything can be processed through your septic tank system.
Get Bacteria Additives
Many cleaning agents are usually designed to kill bacteria. If they enter your septic tank system, they could kill off the useful bacteria required for breaking down solid waste before it can enter the leach field where the waste can block the leach lines. Bacteria additives can be used to help offset this depletion.
Install A Filter
If your septic system doesn’t already have one, then getting a filter installed on the outlet side of the septic tank will help avoid clogging materials from entering the leach field. Cleaning of the septic tank and the filter should be scheduled at the same time. This will help ensure the filter continues to work as intended.
Try to observe warning signs early to avoid big issues later on. If you notice slow drainage around your home, gurgling sounds, odors, wet spots, or sewage surfacing around your lawn, don’t waste time and call a professional.
The efficiency of your septic system will boundlessly improve if you follow these tips. A little attention to your septic tank will improve and extend its life.