Proper maintenance is an important part of keeping your septic system in good working order. If you don’t take care of your septic system, it will probably require more frequent maintenance due to damage and other issues. To avoid costly maintenance, you should take care of your septic system and keep up with day-to-day maintenance. We've compiled a list of tips to help you keep your system in good working order to avoid expensive repairs and maintenance.
Watch What Goes Down Your Drain
When you dump things down your drain that you shouldn’t, you can cause serious damage to your septic system. You should never dump grease down your sink, as it will harden and clog your pipes. You should avoid bleach and drain cleaners to clear at clogs, as they can interfere with the waste breakdown in your septic tank.
Never flush items down the toilet other than waste and toilet paper. Baby wipes, feminine hygiene products, and other similar items should never be flushed down the toilet. Click here for a complete guide to what can and can’t be flushed down your toilet. When you make sure that only approved items go down your drain, you’ll avoid serious damage to your septic system and costly repairs.
Conserve Water in Your Home
The more water you use in your home, the harder your septic system has to work. When you use a lot of water at once, it can overload your septic system. Not only can this do damage to your drain field, but it can also shorten the life of your septic system. To avoid these issues, practice water conservation in your home. Stagger showers and laundry and consider investing in water efficient fixtures. For more tips on conserving water in your home, click here. When you practice water conservation, you can extend the life of your septic system and avoid any costly maintenance.
Keep Plants Away From Your System
Plants, especially trees, can sprout roots that grow into pipes, distribution boxes, and other parts of your drain field. These roots can obstruct or completely destroy your pipes or lead to drain field failure. In general, the only plant that should be planted over your septic system is grass, however, other plants without deep roots can be planted nearby. For tips on planting near your septic system, click here. When tree and plant roots cause severe damage, you will have to spend a lot of money on repairs. To prevent these costly repairs, avoid placing plants and trees near your septic system, especially without doing research first.
Stick to a Regular Pumping Schedule
Pumping your septic tank is an essential part of maintenance. A septic tank pumping clears the solids out of your tank to prevent backups and overflow. If you fail to pump your tank when it’s full, an overflowing tank will lead to serious and costly problems. You can permanently damage your drain field and allow sewage to leak into your yard and even your home. To prevent expensive damage control, you should stick to a regular pumping schedule to ensure that your tank never gets too full.
Use Professional Drain Cleaning Services
When you have a clog in your drain, you might think that the most inexpensive solution is to clear the clog yourself. However, DIY drain cleaning can cause serious damage to your system. Store bought drain-cleaning solutions will interfere with your septic tank’s waste breakdown process. Other procedures can fail to fully clear the clog or damage your pipes., which will lead to more costly repairs. To ensure that your system is in tip top shape and to avoid costly repairs, hire a professional to clear clogs from your drain.
Address Plumbing Repairs
If you notice any leaks in your plumbing, be sure to repair them right away. When your pipes leak, your septic system will end up working overtime to try to deal with the extra water. When you overload your system in this way, pipes can burst and other parts of your system can malfunction. These sorts of issues will be very expensive to repair. To avoid these costs, fix any plumbing issues immediately to avoid allowing them to become a bigger problem.
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