If you own a septic tank, it’s essential to take care of it. Neglected septic systems can lead to expensive and dangerous problems, including leaks and sewage backups. You may think you’re doing everything you’re supposed to when it comes to caring for your septic system, but are you? Here are the most common mistakes septic owners make.
Flushing Anything Other Than Toilet Paper
If you have a septic system, the most important rule for anyone inside the home is never to flush anything other than waste and toilet paper. This means absolutely NO baby wipes, sanitary pads, diapers, or even “flushable” wipes. Anything other than toilet paper does not break down properly in your septic tank, which leads to backups and imbalances with the bacteria levels.
Pouring Grease and Oil Down the Drain
When you pour animal fat or oils down the drain, it can eventually solidify and clog pipes and other vital components in your septic system. It could even block pipes leading to your drain field, causing sewage backups or clogs. Instead of pouring grease down your drain, dispose of it in the garbage.
Neglecting Regular Maintenance
The saying “out of sight, out of mind” should not apply to your septic system. It is true that when properly maintained, your septic system is virtually self-sufficient; however, neglect can lead to some serious issues. Besides regular pumping, your septic system should be inspected every few years, depending on the size and condition of your tank. Ask your septic tank company what routine maintenance tasks you should be performing and how often.
For all your septic system needs, Affordable Pumping Services has got you covered. Call us at the first sign of any issues, and be sure to ask about getting on a regular pumping schedule.