Taking Care Of Your Septic System

Your home's septic system should be routinely maintained in order to keep it running properly. Ignoring your septic system will usually result in unexpected problems and emergency calls to a septic company to come to your home to make a repair. This can be avoided by taking the time to check on your septic system periodically and by making an effort to watch your water usage. Here are some ways to keep your septic system running properly.

Routine Cleanings

Call a professional septic cleaning company to come to your home to pump out your septic tank every few years. The frequency at which you will need the tank pumped will depend on the number of people living in your home, as well as the ages of the members. Your septic company will be able to better determine how often you should have your septic tank pumped by asking you a few questions about your water-using habits.

It is important to have the septic tank pumped to avoid it from overflowing into your yard. Having too much waste in the tank can also clog the motor on the pump, making it seize completely. This can be avoided if you routinely check the level in your tank to make sure it is not becoming too high. You can install a septic alarm to better help you determine when the level is getting high. Ask the professional to do a complete septic inspection of your tank when it is cleaned so you will know if everything is running the best it can.

Household Habits

Conserving the amount of water you use within the household can avoid unnecessary water from building up too quickly in your tank. This can be done by making sure to turn off the faucet when you brush your teeth. Make sure all plumbing problems are repaired so you do not have running toilets or leaky faucets. 

When you flush the toilet, make sure you only use it for human waste or toilet paper. Flushing other items down the toilet can cause your septic system to clog since the items will not be able to fit through the piping system to the leach field. 

Never wash chemicals or grease down the drains of your sinks as they can cause things in your septic tank to clump up and become difficult to pump. You can use an enzyme to help break up items within the tank. You can purchase this in a hardware store or from your septic company.