Five Tips for Taking Care of Your Septic Tank

Five Tips for Taking Care of Your Septic Tank

Septic maintenance is very essential when it comes to a properly working plumbing system. Without proper maintenance, your septic system could fail prematurely, which can result to costly repairs or much worse, replacement. Below are some tips you can consider to make sure your septic system works properly at a higher level of efficiency.

Never flush any solid substances onto the toilet as this can cause clogging in the tank. Do not pour grease, animal fats or cooking oils in the drain since greasy substances can form a coating over the septic drain field and reduce the absorption of liquids by the underlying soil. Place such substances in a garbage can to properly dispose solid substances such as tissue paper, cigarette butts, etc.
Most system failures are due to a simple system overload, so do your best to avoid using too much water at once. A wet septic drain field won’t properly handle liquid waste, leaving it unabsorbed and not neutralized. Regularly check leaks from toilets and faucets and make necessary repairs, run the dishwasher only when you have a full load and use a displacer to lower the water needed to flush.
Avoid driving over your septic system, since the weight of a vehicle could crush the tank or the drain lines. Make sure that your system is not underneath your garage or areas where you will place heavy equipment.
Keep trees away as tree roots can be dangerous for damaging septic tanks, which can mean costly repairs. Keep tress trees at least 100 feet away from your septic system. However, willow and other similar tress have very aggressive roots; consider keeping them even father from the system.
Use a septic treatment product which contains bacteria and enzymes to maintain your septic system as these products can make sure all your lines are clear and free from any blockage. The septic tank cleaner will also help in the decomposition of waste in your tank.

Septic systems aren’t difficult to take care of. By following these basic tips and directions, you can make sure your septic systems operate properly for years to come.

Cindy Daniel
Oklahoma City Real Estate


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