Keep It Running Like Clockwork With These Precautions!
How to Keep Your Septic Tank Running Smoothly
If your home is not connected to the city sewage system, you probably have your own septic system. Since everything that drains from your home ends up in your septic tank, keeping it running smoothly is incredibly important! Here are some tips that will ensure your septic tank will work as intended!
Keep Your Septic Tank Pumped!
As a general rule of thumb, your septic tank needs to be pumped out every 3 to 5 years, so that the scum and sludge are cleaned out regularly. If you ignore the regular maintenance of your septic tank, you might end up with a catastrophic failure that causes the entire system to be replaced, which may cost upwards of $10,000!
Don’t Pour Down Harmful Chemicals
Your septic tank has many kinds of bacteria and microbes, which break down the solid waste that ends up over there! Without these bacteria, this waste would have ended up in the drain field. These bacteria ensure the smooth operation of your septic system, so don’t use chemicals that can kill them, such as antimicrobial soap, floor cleaners, drain cleaners, grease, and other sorts of harmful chemicals! Try to use organic soap for washing your hands!
Have the General Area Cleared Out!
Tree roots are the number one reason that causes the septic system to fail prematurely. Tree roots can penetrate the walls of your septic tank, and it will cause leakage of untreated wastewater in your soil, which can cause all sorts of problems. As a general rule, just don’t plant any trees near your septic tank, and if you see one growing, cut it down immediately!
There are many sorts of chemical and organic-based additives that claim that they can clear out the scum and sludge without having your septic tank pumped, or additives that claim they rejuvenate the bacteria in the septic tank. As experts in septic systems, we can safely say that these additives, almost always, do more harm than good and should be avoided at all costs!
Septic systems are tough to abuse and highly resilient, but that does not mean you don’t have to take care of them. To ensure that your septic systems last as long as possible, you need to have them cleaned periodically. Don’t wait until it is too late, call B&B Pumping to have your septic tank pumped today!