Most homes in the United States are connected to a municipal sewer system,
but for those who aren’t, they most likely depend on a septic system
to get rid of their waste water. Septic systems are similar to a sewer,
only instead of guiding all of the waste water into a large collection
that then flows out to a designated disposal and treatment site, the water
then flows into an individual tank that’s buried underground and
supports your home. Septic tanks are generally large and can function
for years before a major maintenance and pumping treatment, but they do
require some extra attention on your end.
Here are a few septic tank maintenance tips that you should keep in mind.
Inspect & Pump Frequently
The average household tank should be inspected at least every three years,
and it’s preferred that you have it checked every two in order to
make sure everything is still working in optimal condition. An inspection
will generally tell you what your sludge levels are currently sitting
at, whether there are any treatment options you need to consider, and
about how long you have before you’ll need to have your tank pumped.
A pump service empties your septic tank and hauls away all of the accumulated
sludge and wastewater to a treatment and recycling facility where it can
be properly disposed of. Generally, the average household will need to
have their septic tank pumped every three to five years, depending on
factors such as tank size, household size, and plumbing use. The more
solids are put into your tank, the more often you’ll need to have
your tank pumped.
Your Septic Tank is Not a Trash Can
Unlike sewer-connected homes where everything is supposed to flow out from
your home and into a main sewer system, essentially meaning it flows away
from your home, everything you put down the drain in a septic-system home
stays in your septic tank until removed. That means you need to be careful about everything that gets put down
the drain: cooking grease or oil, diapers, cigarette butts, garbage disposal
waste, paper towels, and much more are all things people choose to flush
away, and when they flush them away, they wind up in the septic tank,
where they can stay for years.
Be careful what you put down the drain, and only put down the sink what
you’re absolutely supposed to. Never pour oil-based substances down
the drain as they can solidify in your pipes or in your tank itself, increasing
solid levels. And likewise, never use liquid drain cleaners that can eat
away at the metal lining of your pipes: it can and will do the same thing
to your septic tank’s walls.
Be Water Wise
All of the household water that goes down your pipes will end up in your
septic tank system, which means the more water your household conserves,
the less your tank will need maintained. Consider installing high-efficiency
toilets and low-flow showerheads that can give you better water consumption
while remaining comfortable and convenient. Also, make sure you select
the water level in your washing machine that’s appropriate for the
amount of clothes that you’re washing: washing too small of a load
on a large setting wastes water. As a best practice, only wash full loads
of laundry if you can prevent it.
If you need your household plumbing inspected or repaired, don’t
hesitate to reach out to a Bartlett Plumber from Smith’s Plumbing
Services! Call us today at (901) 290-1110 to request a service estimate or to
make an appointment!