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10 Things You Might Not Know About Your Septic System

Posted by ADB Septic on February 5, 2019

If your home has a septic system, you probably know how important it is to keep your home running. It is responsible for collecting the waste from your home, filtering wastewater, and ensuring that the groundwater around your home remains clean and sanitary. The importance of your septic system is no secret, but there are a few fun facts about your septic system that you might not know. We’ve compiled a list of the top ten fun facts about your septic system.

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1. Everyone’s Pumping Schedule is Different

The general rule of septic tank pumping is that you should pump your tank every 3-5 years. However, there are a number of factors that affect your optimal pumping schedule. Your home’s usage, the size of your tank, the weather, the age of your system, and other factors can all alter your ideal pumping schedule. For this reason, every individual with a septic system has a different ideal pumping schedule. Fortunately, a professional septic services company can identify your ideal pumping schedule to ensure that you never go off track.

2. You Can’t Flush Everything

Many people have a tendency to flush anything they want to discard down their toilet, as long as it fits. However, if you have a septic system, flushing unapproved items can damage your septic tank. If you have a septic system, you should only flush water, human waste, and toilet paper down your toilet. Pet waste, grease and food from your kitchen sink, and feminine hygiene products can all interfere with the bacteria balance in your septic tank, affecting its ability to properly break down waste. To keep your septic tank healthy, always be sure to watch what you flush.

3. Drain Cleaners Can Hurt Your System

If you have a clogged drain or pipe, you might be tempted to use a chemical drain cleaner. However, these chemical drain cleaners, even the ones that claim to be septic system safe, can wreak havoc on your septic tank. The chemicals in the drain cleaner will interfere with the bacteria balance in your tank, leaving your septic tank unable to break down the solids in your tank. When the solids can’t be broken down, they can leak either into your yard or back up your pipes and into your home. The result of this leakage isn’t just a damaged tank, but a very smelly yard as well.

4. Your System is More Than Just Your Tank

When most people think about septic systems, they think about their septic tank. However, your septic system is made up of a lot more than just your tank. Your septic system includes the drains in all of your sinks, your toilets, showers, and bathtubs. It also includes the pipes attached to these drains, responsible for transporting waste into your septic tank. After your pipes, of course, is your tank. Your drain field, located in your yard, is also part of your septic system. All of these elements work together to take, transport, dispose of, and treat the waste in your home. For a complete breakdown of the parts of your septic system, click here.

5. Your System Isn’t Just About Your Toilet

When you think about your septic system, what comes to mind first? For most people, it’s your toilet. However, your septic system isn’t just about your toilet. It also includes all of the sinks in your home, in your kitchen, bathrooms, and anywhere else. It includes your showers and bathtubs as well. Your septic system isn’t just responsible for treating wastewater from your toilet. It’s actually responsible for treating all of the wastewater in your home.

6. Your System Affects the Groundwater on Your Property

Did you know that your septic system impacts the groundwater that exists on your property? When water from your home goes down your drains, it eventually travels to the drain field next to your septic system. In your drain field, water is filtered out and released into the ground as clean groundwater. For this reason, when your septic system isn’t running correctly, it can lead to contaminated groundwater. Although you might think about your septic system as simply a part of your home, it’s actually important for your whole property.

7. You Can Flood Your Drain Field

You might know about the importance of your drain field, but did you know you can actually flood it? When this happens, your drain field is incapable of treating waste water, leading to contaminated groundwater on your property, which can be harmful to your local ecosystem. How can your drain field get flooded? There are a few factors. Too much rain can flood your drain field in extreme cases. However, when you practice water conservation in your home during these times, it shouldn’t be an issue. Failing to divert your drains and rain gutters away from your drain field can also cause flooding. Finally, overworking your septic system by using too much water in your home can lead to drain field flooding, especially when your tank is close to full. Fortunately, most causes of drain field flooding can be avoided.

8. You Can Extend the Life of Your System

You might have heard that your septic system has a lifespan. Like any piece of equipment, eventually it will run its course and need replacing. However, you might not know that there are things you can do to extend the lifespan of your septic system. Proper maintenance is one of the best things you can do, including addressing any problems that come up as soon as they arise. Sticking to a regular pumping schedule is important too. You can also ask a septic services company to conduct annual inspections, especially when your system is getting older, so that you can be aware of any problems and the condition of your system at all times. For more tips on extending the life of your septic system, click here.

9. Cold Weather Makes Pumpings More Difficult

Did you know that it’s harder to pump your septic tank in the winter than in the summer? When the weather gets extremely cold, your tank and the pipes can freeze, which can lead to serious damage. For this reason, it’s important to make sure your tank and pipes are insulated if you live in a colder area. The snow can pose a problem for tank pumping, as it will be difficult to dig through to reach your tank as well as making it more difficult to locate your tank. Finally, cold weather often leads to frozen, compacted ground, which will make it much more difficult to dig to reach your tank.

10. It’s Possible to Make Your System More Eco-Friendly

If you’re concerned about the environment, there are things you can do to make your septic system more green. Regular maintenance is one of the most important things you can do to avoid issues that can be detrimental to the environment, as well as avoiding overworking your system. When you take care of your septic system, you protect the environment and avoid the threat of contaminated groundwater, which can harm your local ecosystem and wildlife.


ADB Septic | CT Septic System Services

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Our business is committed to meeting your needs and completing your job with the utmost professionalism and precision. We put your satisfaction, safety, and comfort at the forefront of our priority list. When you hire us, you can achieve complete peace of mind.

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