When properly cared for, a septic tank system can offer you years of uninterrupted use. In addition to regular maintenance carried out by a professional, you can do your part to keep your septic tank clean and functional. We use the term “clean” loosely in this context, as your tank houses some truly putrid substances.
But keeping it clean is easier than it sounds. To cut back on maintenance calls and save money, follow these tips from B&B Pumping, the DFW area’s premier septic tank pumping company.
#1: Use Water Efficiently
It’s no secret that the average household uses a lot of water every day. In fact, most people use 70 gallons of water every day in their home. All of the water you use, whether for laundry, showers, or dishes, is sent into your septic system. This can put too much water into the tank, causing a slew of problems.
Instead, be conscious of how much water you’re using and when you’re using it. For instance, you can install high-efficiency toilets in your home to cut the water usage of your toilet in half. Similarly, you can make use of high-efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators. This limits the amount of water you use while bathing and doesn’t stress your septic system. When doing laundry, spread it out over the course of a few days. Doing all of your laundry on one day can tax your tank.
#2: Dispose of Waste the Right Way
It’s important to remember that everything that’s washed down the drains in your house ends up in the septic tank eventually. Be aware of what belongs in your septic tank and what doesn’t.
Here are some things you should not rinse or flush down your drains:
- Grease and oil from food
- Non-flushable wipes, like wet wipes
- Feminine hygiene products
- Dental floss
- Paper towels
- Chemicals like paint, gasoline, pesticides, antifreeze
#3: Protect Your Drainfield
Your drainfield is a vital part of your septic tank system. It filters out the contaminants that are forced out of your septic tank. Keeping it protected is simple. Just don’t park or drive on the drainfield. If you’re going to plant a garden or trees near your septic tank system, make sure they are a fair distance away from the drainfield. This prevents the roots from growing into the tank. Finally, make sure that water from other sources doesn’t drain and collect in the drain field. For instance, sump pumps, roof drains, and rain drainage systems should not be allowed to collect in the drainfield, as it can stop the septic tank from working properly.
#4: Don’t Forget to Call in the Pros
To keep your septic tank system working properly, it’s best to have it pumped every three to five years. Between pumpings, make sure you maintain clear and detailed records of the maintenance that has been performed on the tank. Additionally, you’ll want to track the sludge and scum levels that the septic tank pumping company found.