Septic system maintenance is not intricate, and it’s dirt cheap! Upkeep comes down to four key elements:
Inspect and Pump Frequently
The first thing you need to do is to hire a septic service professional. They are responsible for inspecting your household septic system at least every three years and to pump your household septic tanks every three to five years. Alternative systems with electrical float switches, pumps, or mechanical components should be inspected more often, generally once a year. A service contract is important since alternative systems have mechanized parts.
Septic Service Professional coming? Here is what you need to know.
When you call a septic service provider, he or she will inspect for leaks and examine the scum and sludge layers in your septic tank.
Keep maintenance records on work performed on your septic system.
Your septic tank includes a T-shaped outlet which prevents sludge and scum from leaving the tank and traveling to the drainfield area. If the bottom of the scum layer is within six inches of the bottom of the outlet, or if the top of the sludge layer is within 12 inches of the outlet, your tank needs to be pumped.
To keep track of when to pump out your tank, write down the sludge and scum levels found by the septic professional.
The service provider should note repairs completed and the tank condition in your system’s service report. If other repairs are recommended, hire a repair person soon.
Use Water Accurately
Every individual in a single family use indoor water nearly 70 gallons per day. Just a single leaky or running toilet can waste as much as 200 gallons of water per day.
All the consumed water by a household sends down its pipes winds up in its septic system. The more water a household conserves, the less water enters the septic system. Efficient water use improves the operation of a septic system and reduces the risk of failure.
5 Simple Tips on How to Save Water
Saving water is like saving money. But not everyone is aware that a few simple changes can have a significant impact in saving water. Well, here’s the good news. You don’t have to do anything drastic -just follow these simple changes.
1. Check your toilet for leaks.
Put a few drops of food coloring in your toilet tank. If, without flushing, the coloring begins to appear in the bowl, you have a leak that may be wasting more than 100 gallons of water a day.
2. Check your toilet for leaks.
Even a small drip can waste 50 or more gallons of water a day.
3. Take shorter showers.
A typical shower uses five to ten gallons of water a minute. Limit your showers to the time it takes to soap up, wash down and rise off.
4. Minimize running water.
Practice turning taps off when you are brushing your teeth. Wash your fruits and vegetables in a basin or with the plug in the sink, rather than under running water. You can also save a good amount of water by doing these.
5. Install a water tank
Collecting and re-using water is an effective way to reduce your water consumption. You can even have the rainwater tank diverted, so when you flush your toilet, the tank water will be used, or you can use your tank to water the garden or wash the car.
Practice Proper Waste Disposal
Everything you flush down in your toilet, dispose on your sink, shower, bath, or grind in the waste disposal, it all goes down to your drains ends up in your septic system. Anything that goes down your drain affects how well your septic system works.
Things you should never flush down the toilet:
• Feminine Hygiene Products
• Cooking Grease/Food
• Baby Wipes/Wet Wipes/Cleaning Pads
• Dental Floss
• Cotton Balls
• Paper Towels
• Cigarette Butts
There are living organisms that digest and treat household waste in your septic system. Pouring toxins down your drain is not a good idea, besides it can kill these organisms and harm your septic system. Whether you are at the kitchen sink, bathtub, or utility sink:
• Avoid using chemicals for opening a clogged drain. Instead, use boiling water or a drain snake.
• No to cooking oil or grease down the drain.
• Never pour oil-based paints, solvents, or large volumes of toxic cleaners down the drain. Even latex paint waste should be minimized.
• Eliminate or limit the use of a garbage disposal. This will significantly reduce the amount of fats, grease, and solids that enter your septic tank and ultimately clog its drainfield.
Maintain Your Drainfield
The drainfield serves as the digestive system. What goes in must come out. Everything that goes down the drain gets sorted and eventually makes its way to the drainfield. It’s really an amazing process.
But, in order to keep things working smoothly, we must keep the drainfield healthy. Here are a few things you should do to maintain it:
• Do not drive vehicles or heavy equipment over the drainfield.
• Do not construct driveways, parking lots, sidewalks, patios or buildings over the septic tank or drainfield.
• Do not plant trees or other deep-rooted plants on or near the drainfield.
• Do not plant a garden over the drainfield.
• Keep roof drains, sump pumps, and other rainwater drainage systems away from your drainfield area. Excess water slows down or stops the wastewater treatment process.