When a septic tank fails, everyone suffers. That’s why it’s important to make sure that you’re getting your septic system maintained continually. But even more important than that, it’s going to be the day-to-day way you treat your system in its everyday use that can make the biggest difference.
Today, we’re going to discuss many of the ways that you can help keep your septic system healthy, clean and working as it should. Many of these things are simple and won’t cost you anything – they’ll just take a little bit more awareness on your part. Let’s jump right in!
Be mindful of what you use
We always encourage people to use, whenever possible, biodegradable toilet paper, specifically brands that come with a ‘septic safe’ logo on their packaging. While it might seem a little earthy-crunchy; the fact is that while using run of the mill toilet paper won’t kill your system – it can help build up and take up more space. Plus the fact that it won’t decompose will mean that your tank will likely fill up sooner rather than later. So when and if you can – use biodegradable toilet paper.
Provide a small garbage can in your bathroom
Make sure that you leave a small ‘additional’ garbage bin in your bathroom for things like sanitary napkins, wipes and other things that would normally go down the toilet – but because you own a septic tank – shouldn’t. These sorts of things can be very harmful to the overall health and function of your system and while we fully understand that you can’t keep every bad thing out of there, the extra can or disposable bag will go a long ways towards encouraging users to do the right thing and not flush things down the toilet that shouldn’t go down there.
Don’t let any problem linger
The biggest thing you’re going to want to do is to make sure that you have some sort of ongoing maintenance program to address any signs of malfunction in your system. But even then, problems can fester unseen and emerge at a moment’s notice. DO NOT mess around with these things. Address them immediately. Call your pro and have them come out and take a look. The small expense of a quick glance from a service professional is worth it compared to the potential big bill that would accompany a significant, bigger problem down the road.
Try to avoid wasteful use of water in your home. Try to avoid things like excess flushing and ongoing, constant running water. And be sure to not treat your sinks and toilets like a garbage can. These things can be harmful to your tank. While it might seem like a bit much – if you have a home that has a lot of visitors or kids who have friends that like to hang out; then you might want to consider posting some signs as a friendly reminder. Try to keep what goes down the toilet and sink to a minimum.
Go easy on chemicals
Always be mindful of the chemicals you use. Many can adversely affect the beneficial bacteria that you have in your tank and make it more difficult for your tank to break down waste. Be sure to consult your manual or a septic professional to learn more about what you can or can’t use.
Hopefully these tips can help you get more out of your septic tank and extend its life. If you have any issues or are experiencing any problems with your septic tank, feel free to give us call today and we’ll be happy to provide you with a free consultation. Until then, good luck!