Did you know that over 21 million U.S. households use a septic system, rather than a public sewer, for trapping and filtering their toilet waste?
Are you concerned about how your sewer system is working? Do you want to protect your home from potential plumbing issues?
If so, keep reading. Listed below are 5 essential septic system maintenance tips to implement today.
1. Learn the Basics
You don’t have to become a plumber, but it does help to understand the basics of your septic system.
What kind do you have? Where is the water tank located? Can you identify the sewer cover or sewer pipe?
If you’re able to answer these and other basic septic system questions, you’ll also have an easier time figuring out if something is wrong.
2. Spread Out Your Water Usage
Some people have dedicated days for certain cleaning tasks. For example, they might wash all of their clothes once per week or run the dishwasher several times in a row to wash all their dishes in one day.
The problem with this approach is that it can overwhelm your septic system. By spreading things out (while still making sure you’re doing a full load to avoid wasting water), you give your system a chance to reset regularly.
3. Use Caution with Cleaning Chemicals
Certain cleaning chemicals aren’t safe for your septic system. Chemicals like bleach, for example, can throw off the beneficial bacteria balance in your septic system. If you must use bleach, just use a tiny bit.
Avoid drain killers, too. They are very harsh and can damage the tank. The same is true for antibacterial soaps and disinfectants that contain bleach or ammonia.
4. Beware of What You Flush
Just because something can technically be flushed down the toilet, that doesn’t mean it should be. Basically, if it’s not toilet paper, which is designed to break down in your septic tank, don’t flush it.
Items like feminine hygiene products, diapers, dental floss, and even “flushable wipes” are not considered safe. Throw those in the garbage can instead.
5. Schedule Regular Pumps
Have your septic system pumped on a regular basis, too. This involves using a special machine to have all the solids removed.
If you have professional septic services come out and perform a routine pump once every 3-5 years, you can catch potential problems (like leaks or sludge buildup) early on, before they lead to serious damage and a need for expensive repairs.
Be sure to save all the maintenance records from your septic system pumps as well. If something ever does go wrong, or if you’re getting ready to sell your house, they’ll provide valuable information.
Got Plumbing Issues? Try These Septic System Maintenance Tips
Now that you know more about sewage system maintenance, it’s time to get to work. Keep these maintenance tips in mind so you can start saving water and ensure all is well with your home’s plumbing.
Do you want to learn more about keeping your home in tip-top shape? Head to the Cleaning and Maintenance section of our site today for some other helpful articles.