Preventative Care To Maintain Your Septic System

Septic systems are brilliant inventions that eliminate waste and add nutrients to the soil at the same time! Microorganisms in the waste works inside the septic tank to break the waste down into a liquid form. When the septic tank gets full, the liquid overflows into the drainage pipes that lead to a leech bed or field. The liquid then seeps through the holes in the pipes and back into the soil adding nutrients!

Problems with septic systems occur because not everything that gets flushed down the toilet can be broken down into a liquid form. Problems can also arise when the septic tank is filled to quickly for the organisms to process the contents into a liquid form. Eventually, all of these solid waste products will fill the tank and you have a serious problem on your hands.

Once the septic tank has gotten to that point, you will probably have to replace it or have it pumped out by a professional septic service. It costs thousands of dollars to replace a septic system, but with a little preventative maintenance your septic tank will last for many years.

Having your septic tank pumped out every few years can prevent the mess and expense caused by a clogged system. It’s also a really good opportunity to have the septic maintenance personel to do a visual inspection of the septic tank to check for any physical damage. Have him look for any cracks, loose pipes or any other problems with the system.

You should never spend the whole day doing laundry! The water used during a couple of loads of laundry each day is easier for the system to handle than the amount of water that accumulates from washing clothes all day long. A septic tank that is full of water can’t process the waste properly and is one of the most common causes of a clogged system.

When you shop for detergents and automatic dishwasher soap, always choose liquid. Powdered detergents contain fillers that can quickly build up and clog up your whole system. And, never allow grease to enter the system. The grease will gather in the holes inside the pipes of the leech field and you may have to dig up your whole yard to find the clog.

Many products that are labeled as “flushable” should never be flushed down the toilet! Products such as diapers and femine care products will fill the system up very quickly. They may actually be made of materials that can be broken down into liquids, but it takes a long time for this to occur. In the meantime, they will sit in the system and eventually cause lot’s of problems.

When you’re doing your landscaping projects, you should never plant anything larger than flowers over the septic tank or the on top of the leech field. It may take awhile, but roots from trees and shrubs will grow large enough to do a lot of damage to the tank and pipes.

While there are many commercial products on the market that make claims of clearing your septic system, you really shouldn’t use them. Most of these types of products contain chemicals that are severely damaging to the soil. Many of the chemicals in these septic products are even reported to be carcinogenic.

Never park your car, a boat or any other vehicle on top of your leech bed. Even though the pipes are several feet under the ground, the weight can be very damaging to the pipes, especially if the ground is soft. It’s just best to not take any chances of having a busted pipe.

Properly maintaining a septic system is fairly simple. It basically comes down to just watching what gets flushed into the system and limiting the amount of water that goes into the system at one time.