Owning a septic system on your property comes with certain responsibilities. If you are not familiar with septic tanks or have never lived in a home with one before, it could take some getting used to. Here are some basic rules all septic tank owners, and any guests that visit their home, should know.
Never Flush Anything Other Than Toilet Paper
The first major rule of owning a septic system is never to flush anything other than human waste or toilet paper. This means no “flushable” wipes, baby wipes or feminine products. Anything other than toilet paper could disrupt the delicate bacteria balance in your tank. In addition, it could clog the pipes or the tank’s components. If you have guests staying with you, make sure you give them gentle reminders about the flushing situation. If you are having a party or a large gathering, friendly signs in the bathrooms may be helpful.
Avoid Harsh Chemical Cleaners
The sole reason why your septic tank works so efficiently is the bacteria that exist in the tank. They break down the waste products in your tank and allow them to be filtered through your drain field. Using chemical cleaners and products could mess with the bacteria and even kill it. As a result of the bacteria not functioning properly, it could cause septic backups within your system. Make sure any cleaning products you purchase have a “septic friendly” label.
Remember That All Pipes Lead to Your Septic Tank
Anything that goes down any drain in your home ends up in your septic tank. So, water conservation should be at the forefront of your mind. Avoid running water appliances, like dishwashers and washing machines, at the same time. The more water your system must filter, the harder it works.
Another important rule for septic system owners is to have your tank regularly pumped and maintained. Affordable Pumping Services has got you covered. Give us a call today!