Living in a rural area has many benefits: the ability to enjoy the great outdoors, plenty of privacy, the list goes on and on. However, country living also comes with its fair share of not-so-great attributes as well. Maintaining a water and septic system usually finds its way to the top of that list.
Regardless of how much a homeowner dislikes the duties of maintaining a septic system, the requirements continue to exist. Too often septic system maintenance tasks are overlooked, or simply ignored. Many rural area homeowners end up experiencing problems with a septic tank because their mindset is “if it’s not broken — don’t fix it”. Unfortunately, that is not the case with septic tank systems. Follow the steps below to ensure a healthier, happier septic system.
Maintaining a Healthy System
- Control what goes into the tank – these systems completely rely on bacteria to break down and reduce the solids into a more tolerant density. It is important to closely monitor what is allowed down a sink drain or flushed down a toilet. Other than toilet paper (and even that is somewhat questionable to date), no other paper products should pass through the system (especially feminine hygiene products).
- Keep the ground within the drain field free of excess water or chemicals – this allows for the ground to properly absorb and neutralize the tank’s liquid waste. Sprinklers, gutters, and all other household waste should be positioned to flow away from the tank’s drain field to avoid flooding.
- Conserving water is helpful to a septic tank – be sure to check faucets and toilets for leaks and avoid overusing your washing machine or dishwasher. Limiting the amount of detergents or household chemicals used can also help avoid complications.
- Routine pumping & servicing by a professional should be done every other year – by keeping up with regular maintenance you can avoid adding enhancers or additives as suggested by manufacturers and distributors of these types of products. The natural bacteria necessary to break down the tank’s solid waste are found in the human feces regularly entering the system.
If it’s time to pump your septic tank or you need any type of plumbing repairs or maintenance services, give CityWIDE Plumbing a call 770-872-0867.