your aging septic system - is it OK?

A Simple ABC Guide For Homeowners To Appropriately Care For Their Septic Tank

The septic tank that you have on your property may be buried out of sight, and for the most part, it may even be out of mind. However, if something goes wrong with the septic tank, there will be no way to ignore it, and civilized life inside your house will be next to impossible. From non-flowing drains to un-flushable toilets, septic issues are nothing short of a catastrophe. To make sure you don't run into issue with your septic tank, there is a simple ABC rule set that you should follow as a homeowner.

Always have your tank cleaned at recommended intervals.

Your septic tank should be cleaned out regularly. If it is not professionally pumped and cleaned, it will eventually lead to problems. In general terms, you should have your septic tank pumped about every three to five years to remove sludge that accumulates inside the tank. Of course, how long it takes this sludge to accumulate in your tank will rely on the size of your household and the frequency of flushes, whether you have a garbage disposal, and even the condition of your tank. If you are unsure of how long it has been since your tank has been pumped, it is a good idea to have a septic tank service take a look.

Be sure you avoid flushing certain items down the toilet.

There are some things that should never find their way into your toilet, even though it is not uncommon for some people to flush these items regularly. Make it a point to teach every member of your household and any guests that they should never flush:

  • latex or plastic products
  • heavy paper products
  • feminine napkins or feminine hygiene products
  • kitty litter
  • leftover foods
  • chemicals

Carefully assess any over-the-counter septic cleaning products.

Walk into a hardware or home improvement store of your choice and you will find a range of products that claim they can clean out your septic tank so it does not have to be pumped as frequently. However, not all of these products are a good thing to add to the delicately balanced septic tank atmosphere. Some of these products contain bacteria or chemicals that will interrupt the natural decomposition of waste inside of the system and some may cause corrosion. Before you choose to use any of these products, be sure you get advice from a septic tank service technician.

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