How much do you really know about your septic system and the maintenance it requires? Septic systems date back to 1860 in France and didn’t become popular in the U.S. until the 1930s when indoor bathrooms began to evolve. Whether you knew that trivia or not, here are a few common septic tank maintenance tips to help you properly care for and get the most out of your septic system:
- Clear the Way: Never place heavy items, including sheds or cars, on top of the tank itself. The tank location should also be free from shrubs, bushes, trees and roots to prevent entanglement.
- When in Doubt, Throw it Out: Whether it is kitchen oils, fats or grease or common household chemicals, these items belong in the trash — not your septic system. If improperly disposed of, these items can cause damage to your system. Garbage disposals also can cause strain on your system.
- Mind Your Water: Whether you are showering, washing dishes, running the dishwasher or washing machine, be mindful of the water leaving your house at one time so that you do not overload your system.
- Don’t Flush That: Ensure that only toilet paper that is septic safe goes down your toilet to prevent blockages or other problems.
In addition to these items, having our professional team of septic specialists perform septic tank maintenance on a regular basis will help extend the life of your system. Maintenance includes regular cleaning, pumping and replacing pipes or components as needed. Give us a call today for more information about septic tank maintenance!