If you've recently purchased a new home, you need to know whether its plumbing system is attached to a municipal sewer system or a septic tank. If it's attached to a septic tank, you're going to need to be familiar with the maintenance it will require. Proper maintenance will help your septic tank last longer. It's also important for you to know about some things that can cause serious damage to your septic system. Here are just a few of the things that can harm your septic system.
Excessive Garbage Disposal Use
You probably love your garbage disposal. It does reduce the amount of food waste that you have to throw in the trash can. Unfortunately, if you use it too often, you could be clogging up your septic tank and reducing its effectiveness. Things like potato peels and other food products can clog up the drain pipes leading into the septic tank. They can also build up at the bottom of the septic tank. Because they take so long to decompose in the septic tank, they can cause your tank to fill too quickly. Instead of using your garbage disposal, consider starting a compost heap in your backyard. You'll save your septic tank and provide yourself with some nutrient rich fertilizer for your garden.
There are millions of bacteria living in your septic tank. Before you panic, you need know that the bacteria is actually working to decompose the waste that is being sent through the tank. That good bacteria helps keep your tank clean and flowing properly. Without that bacteria, solid waste will simply build up inside the tank. Anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners kill the good bacteria that you need inside your septic tank. To keep your system working properly you should limit the amount of anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners you use.
Grease and Oil
Your septic system is comprised of pipes that lead from the house, two tanks and a drain field. The drain field is where to liquids flow to before they seep back into the ground. Things like grease and oil will flow through the drain pipes and into the drain field. Once the grease and oil reach the drain field, they will coat the soil with a greasy film that will prevent the liquids from being absorbed. Instead of washing oils and grease down the drain, collect them in jars or other containers and throw them in the trash.
You rely on your septic system to flush all the waste out of your home. You can keep your system working properly by avoiding the things that can cause harm. This list will help you take care of your septic tank. Contact local plumbers, such as B & B Drain Tech Inc, for possibly needed repairs.