Your septic tank system is an important part of your home. It’s essential to properly care for it so that it works efficiently and safely. Here are some easy ways to extend the lifespan of your septic system.
Schedule Regular Pumping
One of the best ways to extend the life of your septic system is to pump it regularly. Most professionals recommend having your tank pumped at least every three years, but depending on the size of your household and your system, it may need to be pumped every year or so. Be sure to ask Affordable Pumping Services about the best pumping schedule for your system. Regular pumping will also allow for minor problems and issues to be spotted quickly.
Never Flush Anything Other Than Waste and Toilet Paper
Your septic tank system is not built to deal with anything other than human waste and toilet paper. Anything else, like baby wipes or feminine products, could cause dangerous and toxic sewage backups in your home or cause your tank to overflow. Make sure anyone that is staying in your home knows not to flush anything other than toilet paper.
Avoid Using Chemical Cleaners in Your Bathrooms
Strong chemicals used in some bathroom cleaning products can be harmful to your septic system. Your septic tank is full of helpful bacteria that help break down solid waste. Adding chemicals to your septic tank can kill those helpful bacteria, messing with the levels of waste in your tank. Always look for septic tank friendly products to use for cleaning.
Avoid Landscaping or Digging Near Drain Field
Make sure you know the exact location of your septic tank and drain field so that you can avoid construction, landscaping and digging in that area. Digging or using digging equipment near a tank could accidentally pierce or puncture the tank itself or important pipes connecting to the tank.
Call Affordable Pumping Services for other ways to extend the life of your septic system.