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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

How To Prevent A Septic Tank Backup

by Cathy Lewis

A septic tank backup is low on the list of things any homeowner would want to deal with. This isn't just a messy problem, it can also cause hundreds or even thousands of dollars in damage if you have expensive floors or an expensive appliance in the basement.

Septic services companies are regularly called to handle septic backups. Understanding the common reason behind these backups can help you to avoid them in the future.

Don't Flush the Wrong Things Down Your Toilet

Tampons, any kind of wipes (including those labeled "flushable"), and disposable diapers are some of the most notorious causes of septic backups. These items don't break down and can block one pipe or go further down the drain and block the entire system, causing it to back up into your home.

Avoid flushing anything that isn't toilet paper or body waste down the toilet.

Pay Attention to What is Going Down Your Kitchen Drain

According to many plumbers, Thanksgiving is one of the busiest days for them because many homeowners don't seem to know that giblets and turkey grease shouldn't go down the kitchen drain. In fact, any kind of fat, oil, or grease is a potential problem for your plumbing. These will stick to the walls of the pipes and build up, trapping other debris in the process and eventually cause a blockage.

Avoid Using Too Much Water at a Time

Septic tanks have a limited capacity. They are only able to handle a certain amount of water within a given time period. Therefore, if you have guests over, the water usage is likely to go up. You should take certain steps to reduce the amount of water used during such periods, such as doing your laundry a few days before your guests arrive.

Having a water softener that uses a backwash system can also result in too much water going down your drain. Avoid such water softeners or use the most efficient ones you can find.

Use Septic Safe Cleaning Agents

Septic systems work because there are helpful bacteria in them that break down the waste. If you use cleaning agents that are not septic-safe, they will kill these bacteria and the result will be a buildup of solid waste. If solid waste builds up in your septic tank, it will soon be backing up into your house. Check if your cleaning agents are friendly to septic systems before using them.

Contact a company like A Aaron Super Rooter Sewer & Septic for more information.