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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 Important Tips For Taking Care Of Your Septic Tank

by Cathy Lewis

When you have a septic tank, it is important to know how to take proper care. With the right maintenance, you will be able to get a lot of usage out of your tank.

Important Tip #1: Reduce Water Usage

First, you need to find ways to reduce your water usage. Your septic tank is only designed to process so much water and waste at once, and if you send too much water through your septic tank, it can strain your septic tank and drainage field and lead to issues.

You can prevent this type of strain by reducing your water usage. There are lots of easy ways to reduce your water usage. You can install energy-efficient water-using appliances, such as an energy-efficient dishwasher and washing machine, to reduce the water you use when running those appliances.

You can also install aerators on your taps that will reduce the water you use while still allowing you to enjoy a high level of pressure. You can install low-flow toilets and showerheads. All these devices will help you reduce your water usage without making significant changes to your life.

You can also reduce water usage by doing things such as not keeping the water running when walking dishes, washing your hands, and brushing your teeth.

Important Tip #2: Always Check for Leaks

At least once a month, open the cabinets under your sinks, and make sure no water is dripping. Check your faucets and shower and make sure they are not leaking. Make sure your toilet isn't continually running. If you notice you are using more water than usual, check your crawl space for leaks. Water leaks can overwhelm your septic system.

Important Tip #3: Be Careful Which Goes Down Your Drains

Third, you need to be careful with what goes down all your drains. Don't pour grease or fat down your drains, as these will not only clog up your drains but can also damage your septic tank and your drainage field.

You need to keep food waste out of your drain as much as possible. Food waste doesn't break down in your septic tank and can clog it up. Be careful with your toilet as well; only toilet paper and human waste should go down your toilet.

Important Tip #4: Get Regular Inspections

Fourth, you are going to want to get your septic tank inspected regularly. A regular inspection will allow a technician to make repairs as needed, keeping everything running smoothly. With a regular inspection, you will also be able to monitor the depth of waste in your tank, and you will know when to get it pumped.

With a septic tank, you will want to reduce water usage, check for water leaks, and be careful about what goes down your drains. You are also going to want to get regular inspections from a septic tank maintenance professional to keep your tank functioning properly.