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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

First Time Owning A Septic Tank? A Basic Guide To Necessary Maintenance

by Cathy Lewis

If you just purchased a home with a septic tank, it is vital that you understand the basic types of maintenance you are going to need to perform to keep your septic tank and plumbing system in good working order. If you fail to take proper care of your septic tank and let it fall into disrepair, it can cost of thousands to fix the problems and replace your septic tank. That is why it is wise to know how to take care of your septic tank now that you are a septic tank homeowner. 

Bi-Yearly Plumbing Inspection

The first thing you need to do is have a plumber come out and inspect your plumbing system. This is not something you need to do every year; you can do this every other year or even every three years.

The point of this inspection is to have your plumber inspect all of your pipes and make sure that there are no cracks or leaks in them, or any parts that are about to wear out and cause a future problem. Additionally, you should also have your plumber inspect all of your visible plumbing fixtures, such as your shower head, sink faucets, toilets, drains, and hot water tank to make sure that they are hooked-up and working properly. 

Clean Your Plumbing System With The Right Products

It is a good idea to clean your pipes a couple of times a year. However, pouring industrial strength drain cleaner down your pipes all the time can kill the bacteria that you need to thrive in your septic tank. When you need to clean your pipers, try to use natural drain cleaners that do not contain harsh chemicals. You can purchase natural drain cleaners in the cleaning aisle of your local market, or you can make your own.

Feed Your Septic Tank System

In addition to cleaning your pipes a couple of times a year, you also need to feed your septic tank. Your septic tank relies on a system of bacteria to break down the waste that you send to it. However, certain products that get washed down your drain can kill the bacteria in your septic tank and disturb this delicate eco-system. In order to keep the eco-system in your septic tank balanced, you should flush a bacterial enzyme down your toilet every few months. This will help clean your septic tank lines and will help keep up the bacterial balance you need in your septic tank in order to reduce the waste. 

Pump Your Septic Tank

Eventually, you are going to need to pump your septic tank. Over time, sludge can build up and clog your septic tank and your septic tank can become full of material. When you purchase your home, make sure you get a septic tank inspection. An inspector should be able to tell you how often you should pump your septic tank. The number of years you need to wait depends largely on how many people use your septic tank as well as its overall size.

It is vital that you keep up with pumping your septic tank; a failure to do so can result in clogged and backed up sewage lines that can cause you a host of expensive issues. 

Keep Your Drainfield Clean

Finally, the area where your septic tank is located is referred to as a drain field. You want to make sure that tree roots are not growing in that area, as they can mess up your system. You also want to keep excessive water away from this area as well, as it can negatively impact your system. Your job is to keep the drain field of your septic system clear of water and roots that could mess with it.

If you stay on top of the five areas of maintenance listed above, your septic tank in your new home should run effectively for a long time. If you have any questions about the proper way to take care of your plumbing and septic tank, contact a local septic tank service provider like A-1 Advanced Pumping Service Inc.