When it comes to your septic system, proper maintenance is the key to its survival. Without proper maintenance, your septic system can fail. When that happens, you'll be left with the expense of having an entirely new system installed. If you're new to septic system ownership, you might not be aware of all that goes into maintaining it. To help you avoid system failure, here are two steps you should take.
Empty the Tank
Literally all the solid and liquid waste that flows out of your home will go through your septic tank. The solids will sink to the bottom of the first tank. The liquids will filter through to the second tank. Once inside the second tank, the liquids will slowly filter into the seepage pit where they will eventually be absorbed into the soil.
When the first tank gets too full, the entire system suffers. Solid waste begins to rise to the top and filter through the second tank, where it clogs the access point to the seepage pit. The solid waste can also backup into your home. When that happens, you'll notice raw sewage in your bathtub and sewage water around the base of your toilet. You can avoid those problems by having your tank emptied at least once every three to five years.
Avoid Rapid Filling
If you have a septic system, the tanks need to be filled slowly, such as with normal daily activities. Sudden onslaughts of water can cause the septic system to fail. This happens when too much water enters the septic tank at one time, making it difficult for the system to filter water through properly.
To prevent rapid filling, try to reduce the amount of laundry you do on a daily basis, or use a gray water system that will allow washing machine water to drain to the gardens instead of into the septic tank. You should also inspect the clean-out pipes that are located around the perimeter of your home. The clean-out pipes should all have tight-fitting caps on them. If the caps are missing, you should replace them as soon as possible. Without the caps, rain water can flow into the septic tanks and cause an overflow.
If you have a septic system, you need to take proper care of it. The easy-to-follow tips provided here will help you keep your septic tank working properly and prevent costly repairs (look up septic services online for additional reading).
When we first purchased our home in the mountains, I had no idea what I was up against. Whenever we would visit, I was surprised to see and smell the way that the property had changed. I realized that the vacation home always smelled like sewage, and it was really worrisome. I knew that I needed to do something to make things right, so I started looking into the plumbing system. I discovered that we had a septic tank, and that it needed to be pumped. This blog is all about troubleshooting septic system problems so that you can keep your place clean and sanitary.