How To Care For Your Septic System?

December 16, 2021

How To Care For Your Septic System?

Septic cleaning is not a complicated process and is not an expensive activity. Septic upkeep becomes even simpler and easier when you ensure the following:

  • Inspect and pump frequently
  • Proper disposal of waste
  • Maintain your drain field
  • Use water efficiently

Inspect And Pump Frequently

A typical domestic septic system should be inspected every three years by a professional septic service provider. A household septic tank is usually pumped every three years. However, alternative systems with pumps, electrical float switches, and mechanical components should be pumped more frequently, preferably every year. You can delay the septic services by flushing and using quality water lagoon products during the two services.

The following four aspects impact septic pumping the most:

  • Total wastewater generated
  • Household size
  • Septic tank size
  • The volume of solids in the wastewater

When you call a service provider he or she will check your septic tank for leaks and examine the scum and sludge layer in your septic tank. Make sure you keep maintenance records.

Your septic tank consists of a T-shaped outlet that prevents the scum or sludge from flowing back into the drain field area.

If the bottom of the sludge layer is within six inches of the bottom of the tank or if the upper layer of sludge is 12 inches from the bottom of the septic tank, your tank needs to be pumped.

To keep track of when to pump out your septic tank, note down the scum level found by the septic tank professional. Make sure that the service provider notes the repairs completed and the condition of your septic tank in your system’s service report.

Use Water Efficiently

The average indoor water usage by a single-family is estimated to be 70 gallons per person per day. Even a small leaking faucet or toilet can waste up to 200 gallons per day.

All the water that goes down the pipes in your household winds up in the septic tank. The more water you conserve, the less water will enter your septic tank. Hence, efficient water use enhances the septic tank’s operation and reduces the chances of its failure.

Some of the simple ways you can save water are:

High-efficiency toilets

Toilet use accounts for 20 to 30 percent of total household water usage. Many older homes have toilets with a 3-3.5 gallons reservoir. While modern toilets have 1.6 gallons of water pump per flush. Replacing your toilets with high-efficiency toilets can save a lot of extra water from going down the pipes to the septic tank.

Use Faucet Aerators And High-Efficiency Showerheads

Shower flow restrictors, faucet aerators, and high-efficiency showerheads help reduce water use and reduce the amount of water entering your septic tank.

Dispose of Waste Properly

Whether you flush it, ground it in the garbage disposal tank, pour it down the sink, or shower, everything that goes down your drain ends up in your septic tank. Everything that goes down the drain impacts the efficiency of your septic system.

Toilets Aren’t Trash Cans

To avoid septic system problems remember that your toilet is not a trash can. As a rule of thumb never flush anything except toilet paper and human waste. Use quality cleaning products and avoid flushing the following items:

  • Dental floss
  • Cooking grease or oil
  • Non-flushable wipes such as baby wipes or face sheet masks
  • Cat litter
  • Photographics solutions
  • Diapers
  • Cigarette butts
  • Coffee grounds
  • Paper towels
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Household chemicals like gasoline antifreeze, paint thinner, or paints
  • Feminine hygiene products

Maintain Your Drain field

A drain field is the component of your septic tank that removes the contaminants from the liquid emerging from the septic tank. Pay special attention to maintaining it to avoid plantations and parking on the drain field.

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