Avoid The Mess: 3 Steps To Keep Your Septic Tank Running Smoothly

5 May 2016
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If your home uses a septic tank rather than a municipal sewer system, you need to keep it in proper working order. A problem with your septic system could spell disaster for your home, especially if you end up with a backup of raw sewage. Septic backups can send raw sewage right into your home or yard. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to keep your septic tank running properly.

Monitor Water Usage

Your septic tank does best when it receives small portions of water at a time. Limiting the flow of water will allow your septic tank to filter the liquids through to the seepage pit a little at a time. However, if you inundate your septic tank with a lot of water at one time, the tank may have a difficult time filtering it through properly. When that happens, you could end up with raw sewage backing up through the pipes and into your home. One way to prevent water overload is to limit your washing machine usage to every other day or reducing the time of your showers.

Avoid Excess Chemicals

Your septic tank does its best work when its allowed to grow a generous amount of productive bacteria. It's the productive bacteria that decomposes the solid waste in your tank. The more productive bacteria you have in your tank, the better your septic tank will function. Unfortunately, household chemicals such as bleach and anti-bacterial soaps can kill the good bacteria that you need in your tank. Help keep your septic tank functioning properly by limiting the amount of bleach and antibacterial soaps you use in your home.

Clean Your Septic Tank Out

Your septic system is comprised of two containment tanks and seepage pit. The first containment tank will hold all the solid waste, while the liquid waste filters through to the second containment tank. Once inside the second tank, the liquid waste will slowly filter through to the seepage pit, where it will eventually be absorbed into the soil. If your septic system is not cleaned out on a regular basis, the tanks can overfill, which will lead to backups and clogs. For best results, you should have your septic system cleaned out at least once every three to five years. Click here for more about this topic or do an online search. 

Septic tank problems can lead to serious issues. To keep your septic tank functioning properly, use the simple tips provided above.