A septic system is essential when you don't have access to city sewer lines that collect your household waste to deliver it to the local sewage treatment center. Improper maintenance, neglect, and damage from materials not safe for septic use can all lead to the failure of your septic system. Here are some recommendations to help you take the best care of your home septic system by being aware of some of the main causes of damage and issues.
Take Care of Your Septic System
One of the best practices you can take with your septic system is to take care of it with regular maintenance. Any home system needs regular maintenance, cleaning, upkeep, and repairs. This is necessary to keep it lasting as long as possible. Your septic tank and system are continually working to process incoming household waste, and it is going to build up a layer of sludge and scum that will not go away on its own.
Make arrangements to get your septic tank inspected regularly or pumped every few years as it has a need to be serviced. You can have a professional check your tank's levels to get an indication of how soon you will need to pump the tank of waste. Use their recommendations and pump it out every three, four, or five years, for example. If you were to leave your septic tank alone and not arrange for it to be pumped regularly, it would fill with solid waste that hardens and all waste would flow out and into the drain field, saturating the soil with sewage and clogging the lines.
Protect From Damage
The health of your septic tank depends on what you put into it and what type of waste flows into it. If you rinse out grease, oils, and fats down your kitchen sink drain, it will go into your septic tank where it will clog the lines and cause your system to backup. It can also fill the tank's scum layer more quickly, resulting in your needing to pump the tank sooner.
You should also be careful with the type of household cleaners you use to wash your showers, toilets, and sinks. If you use harsh cleaners in your home, they can kill off the important bacteria in your tank responsible for breaking down the waste. You are also at risk of contaminating groundwater when the chemical-filled wastewater seeps out through the drain field lines.
To learn more about septic tank maintenance, contact a professional near you.