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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

Things Are Flowing Nicely: How To Avoid Problems With Your New Septic System

by Cathy Lewis

If you just had to replace the septic system on your home, you want to make sure it lasts for as long as possible. The best way to do that is to take preventative measures. With proper care and preventative measures, your new septic system will last you for many years. Here are four simple steps you can take to avoid problems.

Keep it Clean

One of the best ways to prevent problems with your septic system is to keep it clean. You might not realize this, but your septic system contains two separate storage tanks and a seepage field. The first storage tank is the compartment that will store all the solid waste that flushes out of your home. The second tank holds the liquid as it filters through to the seepage field. To avoid problems, such as foul odors or sewage backups, you should have your septic tanks pumped at least once every three to five years. It's a good idea to have your drains cleaned each time you have your septic pumped. This will help prevent foul odors and sluggish drains.

Don't Overwater

While your septic system is designed to process all the water and sewage that flows from your home, too much water can cause problems. To avoid those problems, you should never overwater your septic system. Some simple ways to limit the amount of water that flows through to the septic system include the following:

  • Adjust rain gutters away from the seepage field
  • Secure all clean-out drain caps
  • Run gray-water drain from your washing machine

Watch What You Send Through

Your septic system is designed to process food, household liquids, and human waste. There are some items that your septic system cannot process. Sending those items through the drains can lead to serious septic problems. You can avoid problems by keeping the following items out of your septic tanks.

  • Baby wipes
  • Grease/cooking oil
  • Cigarette butts

Know the Warning Signs

Now that you have a new septic system, it's important for you to know the warning signs. Your septic system will use these signs to let you know when there's a problem you need to take care of. The warning signs include:

  • Slow or sluggish drains
  • Gurgling sounds when the toilets are flushed
  • Brown water or sewage backing up into the bathtubs

Don't take chances with your new septic system. The information provided here will help you keep it running smoothly for years to come. If you encounter any of the warning signs listed above, be sure to contact a septic company such as Goodman Septic Services.