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Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

When I purchased a home on the outskirts of town, I was pretty nervous about using a septic system. I imagined muddy, sewage-filled landscaping and toilets that wouldn't flush. However, after I did a little research, I realized that septic care is easy if you stay on top of it. The purpose of my blog is to help others to understand the intricacies of caring for their septic systems, so that you can tackle problems early. With a little attention and maintenance, your septic tank can plug along problem free for many years to come. Save this blog as a resource so that you aren't left guessing later.

Keeping Your Septic System Healthy

4 Tips To Help Reduce Strain On Your Septic System And Repairs

by Cathy Lewis

Septic systems are an essential part of many modern homes. They provide waste treatment when there are no sewer lines available. They also need maintenance and upkeep to ensure that they are working properly and do not cause plumbing problems in your home. Some of the things that need to be done include pumping the septic tanks and inspecting the system. Here are some tips to help ensure that you do not have problems with your septic system:

1. Avoiding Accidental Introduction Of Harmful Materials

Many materials should not find their way into your septic system. This includes many hygiene products that are not septic safe. You also want to avoid the use of over-the-counter drain cleaning chemicals. In addition, cleaning products like bleach can cause degradation of bacteria. Whenever possible, use natural cleaning products to prevent damage to your septic system.

2. Watching Water Usage To Prevent Tank Overflows

Over use of water-consuming appliances like washing machines can also cause extra strain on your septic system. When your septic system gets a lot of water in one day, it does not have time to process solids and allow the affluent to leave the tank. This can cause plumbing lines in your home to become clogged or problems with the components for your drain field.

3. Regular Pumping And Servicing Of The Septic Tanks

While sewer systems will rarely need repairs and servicing, septic systems on the other hand need to be pumped regularly. Not having your septic tank pumped can lead to overflow of solid waste. This can then lead to affluent leaving the tank with solids and eventually causing the drain field lines to become clogged. When you have your septic system is pumped, a septic service can also inspect and repair other components of your system, such as distribution boxes.

4. Avoiding Problems With Drain Field Clogs And Collapses

The drain field of your septic system is one of its most important components. It is important that you have your system serviced regularly to prevent clogs in the lines. You can also avoid heavy objects being placed on the drainage system and driving over it, which can prevent line collapse problems that can be costly to repair.

These are some tips to help prevent problems with your septic system. If your system has not been serviced recently, contact a septic service and help them inspect your system and pump the tank to ensure you do not have any problems in the near future.