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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 Ways To Reduce Stress On Septic Systems And Prevent Costly Repairs And Failure

by Cathy Lewis

Stress on a septic system comes from a couple of causes, which may be due to the system being undersized or overuse of household plumbing and appliances. To reduce stress on a septic system and prevent problems, there are some things that you can do, such as pumping frequent, recycling greywater, and making improvements. Here are some ways you can reduce stress on your septic system to prevent costly repairs and failure.

1. Upgrading Old Concrete Tanks to Reduce Chances of Failure

With old septic systems come concrete tanks, which cause the biggest risk of failure and plumbing problems. The good news is that concrete things can be upgraded with liners or sealant to reduce the chance of them degrading, cracking, and experiencing other problems. Talk to a septic repair service about upgrading your old concrete septic tank to prevent common problems with these older systems.

2. Routine Pumping of Tanks to Prevent Serious Problems and Failure

The best way to prevent problems with the failure of old septic systems is to have the tank pumped routinely. This is something that should usually be done every few years, but it may need to be done more frequently if you have an older system that may be undersized or have a poor design. When you have an older concrete tank, talk to the septic repair contractor about some of the repairs and improvements that can be done to upgrade your system when you have routine pumping done.

3. Updating Drain Fields and Distribution Systems for Better Percolation

In addition to upgrading older septic tanks, there are also things that can be done to upgrade older septic drain fields. Some of the improvements that you may want to consider include adding a secondary drain field or improving the distribution of a fluent to your septic system. This can be done with a distribution box and secondary treatment pump that delivers the fluid wastes to the drain field to be filtered through the soil.

4. Reducing Excessive Water Consumption and Greywater Recycling to Reduce Overburden

One of the biggest causes of stress on a septic system is excess consumption of water. To reduce overburden on your septic system and problems with failure, reduce water consumption by not overusing appliances like washing machines and dishwashers. In addition, you may want to consider adding greywater recycling that keeps this excess water out of your septic tank to prevent overburden and failure.

These are some of the ways you can reduce stress on your septic system to prevent costly repairs and failures. If you are having a problem with your septic system, contact a septic pumping specialist and talk to them about solutions that help prevent these problems. 

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