If your plumbing system runs on a septic tank, it is likely due to the lack of a main sewer system in your area. While septic systems work efficiently, they need regular maintenance and flushing of the tank. If you don't keep up with proper maintenance or you start putting the wrong items into the tank, you will deal with issues. Here are some tips for extending the life of your septic tank.
Look for Warning Signs
It can be difficult knowing when you need repairs from a plumber. The best thing you can do is keep a close eye on the system and look out for common warning signs of disrepair. For example, if you notice a lot of sludge around the drainfield outside your home, you might be having an issue with the tank. Also pay attention to extra growth of vegetation near the drainfield or septic tank, backups inside your home where the plumbing fixtures are, or odd sounds and smells. These are all symptoms of plumbing problems, which are often the result of issues with the tank itself.
Get the Septic Tank Emptied Regularly
Your septic tank will end up with waste and sludge inside after the wastewater has exited the tank and entered the drainfield. This can build up and cause overflowing of the waste if you don't have it emptied regularly. About once a year or so, call a plumber with experience cleaning septic tanks to inspect it and pump it out if necessary. This is also a good time for them to fully inspect the tank and drainfield, ensuring that everything is in good condition.
Be Careful With Your Water Usage
If you previously lived in a home with a sewer system, it can be difficult adjusting to the new septic system. You won't be able to use plumbing and water-based appliances as you once did. You need to be more careful with your water usage and how much waste goes into the septic tank. For example, with your washing machine, you should try not to use it too much in a short period of time. If you have a lot of laundry to do, space it out every day of the week instead of trying to wash 10 loads during a single weekend. This often stresses the septic system and causes problems.
Know What Not to Put Down the Drain
You should also familiarize yourself with what should and should not be put down the drain. Keep following the same rules as any other plumbing system by never putting facial tissue, sanitary napkins or tampons, napkins, or paper towels down the sink or toilet. These tend to clog the drains and cause even more problems if they make it to the septic tank. Also be very careful with the chemicals you use. You shouldn't be putting a lot of bleach, detergent, or drain cleaners into the shower or sink drains.
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