Septic Tank Care
The septic tank is basically a large, underground, water tight container. The waste water from your kitchen, toilet, bath, laundry and many other places flows into this tank. Taking good care of your septic tanks really pays. When not properly maintained, the useful and essential bacteria in the septic tank system may get be destroyed, which can cause the biological working mechanism to shut down. If this happens, the sludge will build up and get pushed into your drainfield, where it will clog up the septic tank system, and before you even know it, you will have lots of sewage backup accompanied by a major headache. Here are some septic tank care tips to avoid such situations;
Septic Tank Care Tips
-Generally, all septic tanks need to get pumped every 3 to 5 years. That being said, you should have your septic tank inspected by a professional, so you can know just how often it needs to be pumped. Regular pumping of the septic tank ensures that the solids and waste matter will not flow out from the tank and into the drainfield. Always have the septic tank pumped when needed. Do not wait til you’ve a problem. Routine inspection and pumping will help prevent system failures.
-The frequency of septic tank care and maintenance depends on the exact type of system; it can range from 3 months – 3 years. How often your septic tank gets pumped will also depend on the overall amount of water used in your business or household; the more the people using the septic system, the higher the pumping frequency.
-Always be careful about what’s disposed into your system. You should avoid pouring cooking fats, grease and oils into the sinks. Also do not use a sink mounted garbage disposal.
-Do not flush non biodegradable items like disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, cat litter, paper towels, filtered cigarettes, condoms, or such other materials. Also never flush toxic substances such as used motor oils, paints (water or oil based), varnishes, pesticides, photographic solutions, insecticides, and paint thinners; such chemicals may kill the useful bacteria that’s in the tank, and also contaminate the groundwater.
-Do not plant trees and bushes near the drainfield. The roots may grow 30 inches to 40 inches deep, and rupture/damage the distribution box, the connecting pipes, and the laterals. Also, do not drive cars or any heavy equipment above the drainfield.
Make sure you have your septic tank system inspected by professionals every 3 to 5 years, and more frequently in case your family uses lots of water and the garbage disposer. If you need to have your septic tank system inspected, contact us today, and we will gladly be at your service.