A Well Maintained Septic System Is Cheaper Than A Failing System.
The only difference between the two is a little know how. Having your septic system pumped every three to five years is only the first step to keeping your septic tank healthy.
There are a few important factors in proper septic tank maintenance that you as the homeowner can do to keep your septic system flowing properly.
Be Careful Of What Goes Into The Septic Tank.
Don’t put anything down the drain that is not designed to be. Make sure that anything that goes in the toilet will not clog any part of the septic system. Try not to use large amounts of chemicals that are consider toxic, or poisonous. Labels can help key you into the potential toxicity of various products. The word “Danger” or “Poison” on a label indicates that the product is highly hazardous. “Warning” tells you the product is moderately hazardous. “Caution” means the product is slightly hazardous. (“Nontoxic” and “Septic Safe” are terms created by advertisers to sell products.)
Monitor How Much Water You Are Putting Into The Septic System.
Once water travels through the septic tank it enters the drain field and is leached throughout the yard. This drain system is only designed for so much water. Outdated toilets, that waste extra water to flush, can be replaced with more efficient models to help cut down water usage. Also, pay attention to leaky faucets or fixtures that could be adding unnecessary water to the septic leach field.