How To Maintain A Septic Tank

Posted on: 29 April 2016

Septic tanks are designed to hold and break down waste from your home's plumbing system in the absence of a sewer system. Because they hold waste and chemicals designed to break down organic material, septic tanks withstand a great deal of abuse. Over time, this can cause damage to your septic tank, which can pose a number of problems and expenses. Thankfully, there are a number of things which you can do to ensure that your septic tank stays in good working order for years to come.

Reduce Water Usage

Cutting back on your overall water usage can help decrease the load that your septic tank is subjected to. Large amounts of water flowing through your home's plumbing system will fill your septic tank up at an increased rate, causing the distribution tubes to become clogged with solid waste and preventing organic matter within the tank from breaking down properly. Try to find ways to reduce your overall water usage: purchasing low flow shower heads and water efficient appliances is a good start. Shortening the amount of time you shower or wash dishes for can also have a significant effect.

Dispose of Non-Biodegradable Waste

Be sure to dispose of any non-biodegradable waste properly. Items like diapers, tampons, and other bathroom products should be thrown in the trash. In the kitchen, make use of a compost box for organic and food waste instead of washing it down the drain, as food waste breaks down much differently than human waste products do, and can contain chemicals which upset the chemical balance of your septic tank.

Avoid Chemicals

Avoid using lots of chemicals within your home if they are going to be flushed down the drain, even basic ones like cleaning detergent. This is because these chemicals can upset the delicate balance within your septic tank and kill the bacteria which break down the waste within the tank. This can cause waste to build up at excessive rates, and can place a greater strain on the tank, making overflow or even structural damage much more likely. Furthermore, the use of toxic chemicals and their subsequent flushing into a septic tank can pose a number of problems, as these chemicals can and often are distributed into the soil of your yard, which can kill plant life and pose a health hazard to nearby animals and yourself. Invest in biodegradable detergents and soap, and dispose of hazardous chemicals properly.

If you find you are having issues with your septic tank and plumbing system, reach out to a professional, such as Alexander's Plumbing And Pumps

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