Proper Maintenance For Your Septic Tank


If your home has a septic tank then you need to learn about it so you have a clear understanding with regards to its regular maintenance needs and other things you should do to prevent problems. The information provided here is a great place to start:

Don't put the wrong things into your septic system

There are a number of things that should never make their way into your septic system. These things can affect it in negative ways such as causing it to fill up faster and causing a chemical imbalance in the system. Here are some of the things that should never meet your septic system:

  • Food fats
  • Food grease
  • Cooking oils
  • Motor fluids
  • Paints
  • Strong cleaning chemicals
  • Paper towels
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby diapers
  • Coffee grounds
  • Eggshells
  • Cigarette butts
  • Tampons

Be careful when choosing your ground coverage

When you are making a landscaping change to your yard you need to be aware of where the entire septic tank is located and make sure you stick to dirt, grass or a thin layer of gravel. You do not want to put asphalt, concrete or even plastic over the septic tank. These things won't allow the necessary amount of oxygen to get into the system, which is needed to keep the system healthy.

Don't allow any heavy objects to move over or be set on the tank area

No types of vehicles should drive over the area where your septic tank is located. Also, nothing should be built there or set there. This means cars should be deterred away from the area, above ground pools should not be put there and anything else that adds weight to the ground should be put somewhere else as well.

Don't allow hot tub water to enter the septic system

If you have a hot tub then you want to make sure you don't allow its large amount of water to be emptied into the system. This amount of water will cause the tank to become overloaded and the chemicals that you have been using to keep the hot tub clean won't mix well with the septic tanks chemistry.

Be careful with your garbage disposal

You really need to be careful if you decide to use your garbage disposal. While the garbage disposal has its own set of rules for what should and shouldn't go down it, having a septic tank makes it even more important to not put things like egg shells and grease down the disposal.

To learn more, contact a company like Chuck Keene Septic Tank Pumping Service


8 November 2017

Exploring Septic System Maintenance and Repairs

Hello, my name is Jon. After buying my home, I was uncertain about how to maintain the septic system. I called a septic service company to come inspect the tank and lines to further discuss the required maintenance and repair needs of the system. After the inspection, the septic company informed me that the tank was full and needed to be pumped out. Worn components were in need of replacement as well. As a result of my diligence, I was able to avoid system failure and protect my septic system from damage. I hope to use this site to help others avoid a similar septic emergency. Thank you.