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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

5 Mistakes To Avoid Making With Your Septic Tank

by Cathy Lewis

If you grew up in a home that used a city sewer system, you probably did not put much thought into how it worked. A septic tank requires that more care be taken when using and maintaining the system, or else you'll end up needing to have it repaired or pumped prematurely. That's why you need to avoid making these 5 mistakes when it comes to using a septic tank.

Not Caring For The Septic Tank's Drain Field

With so much emphasis for a septic tank being on the tank itself, many homeowners ignore the care that the septic tank's drain field needs for the whole system to function properly. This includes things like not flooding the area around the septic tank with large amounts of water. If there is nowhere for the waste to go after it is processed, you'll find yourself with a full septic tank that needs to be pumped.

Using Anti-Bacterial Soaps and Cleansers

A septic tank operates by using the bacteria in the sewage to break down the solid waste. Without the proper amount of bacteria, the tank would quickly fill up with solid waste and need frequent pumping. That's why you should avoid using soaps and cleansers that have additives that fight bacteria. Hand soaps, dishwashing soaps, laundry detergents, and household cleaning products can have these additives that do more harm than good to a septic tank.

Not Using Bacteria Additives

Even if you are doing your best to avoid anti-bacterial soaps and cleansers, your septic tank still may not have enough bacteria to do its job. Since you cannot see inside a septic tank, it is hard to know that everything is working properly until there is a problem. Consider using bacteria additives to combat the problem before it occurs.

Only Pumping The Tank When There Is A Problem

A common sign of a full septic tank is when the drains start backing up into your home. This also means that the drain field is full, and once solid waste enters it, it will be very difficult to repair. Prevent this from happening by having the tank pumped regularly, regardless of if you are having issues with it.

Believing That A Septic Tank Lasts Forever

A septic tank that has been properly maintained and pumped regularly may give you the false impression that it will last forever. The truth is that septic tanks last around 20 years if you properly maintain it. Don't make the mistake of forgetting how long they last, so that you can properly budget for its replacement.

When the day comes that you do need maintenance, repair, or replacement, contact a professional in your area—like Linn Septic Service or another location—for help.

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