Routine Septic System Maintenance

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If you have just bought your first home, you will soon find out the importance of doing routine maintenance on the appliances and systems within so they can do their jobs properly. The septic system is one part that needs to be regularly evaluated and cared for so you do not have downtime in your water usage within the home. Here are some steps to take in maintaining your septic system.

Regular Cleanings

It is important to have your septic tank cleaned out regularly. The septic pump will push the contents in the tank out to your leach field area through pipes underground. The heavier portions of waste are not pushed through by the pump and instead will settle into the bottom portion of your tank. When the tank fills with heavier material, it needs to be removed so your septic pump can keep up with the waste.

It is a good idea to have a septic service pump your tank shortly after you move into your home, as you will not know what cleaning schedule the prior owners kept. When the septic service comes to your home, ask them how often you should pump your tank. They will be able to give you an estimate according to tank size, number of family members, and usage habits.

Water Usage

Watching how you use water within your home can help keep your septic system running efficiently. If you limit the amount of water you put down drains or flush down toilets, you will not need to have servicing as often. If you have a plumbing problem within your home where water is running constantly, such as a leaky faucet, have it repaired to help reduce the amount of water being used. Make an effort to turn off the sink when you brush your teeth. Shorten the amount of time you take in the shower. These small steps can increase the life of your septic system.

Chemicals And Grease

Avoid putting anything down your sink drains or toilet that is not man-made. If you allow chemicals or grease to be poured down a drain, they can alter the consistency of the contents in your septic tank. This can cause the material to become blocked in the pipes when it is being pushed to your leach field. If this happens, you may encounter bursting pipes in your yard. They can also cause your septic pump to stop working because the material becomes too heavy. For septic tank repair, consider scheduling an appointment with Mr Bob.

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1 July 2015

preventing septic tank overflows

Moving into the country was something that I had always dreamed of doing, but when it finally became a reality, I had to learn an important lesson the most difficult way. I found out that the big mound in my yard was a part of the septic system and when a septic system is not properly cared for, it can back up into your home. That was an incident that I never wanted to relive. After the days of cleanup were complete, I began learning everything that I could about maintaining my septic system. Go through my blog to learn what you need to do to ensure you don't have to go through the horrifying mess that I did.