One of the most difficult aspects of owning a septic system is that it can be a bit difficult to care for, mostly because if you do not care for it properly it can cause a lot of damage to the tank itself, your home, and your yard. Listed below are two ways to care for your septic tank in order to get the longest possible lifespan out of it.
Use Pumping Services
The easiest way to make sure that your septic tank does not overflow and damage itself and your yard is by hiring a pumping service to come to your property regularly in order to empty the tank. This is one of the most important maintenance tasks to keep on top of because there is almost no other way to tell how full your tank is until it starts overflowing and causing damage.
In most cases, you can get away with emptying your septic tank every few years. Of course, if you have a larger household, wash a lot of waste down your drains, or utilize a garbage disposal then you will likely need to have the septic tank pumped out even more frequently. However, you can consult with a septic tank pumping service in order to determine a good pumping schedule based on your usage in order to avoid any issues with the septic tank overflowing.
Avoid Flushing Inappropriate Materials
Another common way to keep your septic tank in good condition is to avoid flushing or rinsing inappropriate materials down your drain. In most cases, you will only want to send items down your drain that will quickly and easily break down in the tank. A few types of items to avoid sending down your drains are plastic, metal, and cloth.
In addition, you may want to consider switching as many products as possible over to septic-safe variants. The reason for this is that even some products that will break down in a septic tank can still clog the tank because they will not break down very quickly.
For example, flushable cat litter and toilet paper are both items that can clog your septic tank over time even though they do break down in the septic tank. However, septic-safe variants of those products will provide the same benefits as their normal counterparts, but are made out of compounds and materials that break down much faster.
Contact a septic tank cleaning service like Lutzky Contracting today in order to discuss how you can care for your tank properly. Pumping the system every few years and not flushing inappropriate materials down your drains are two simple ways to ensure that your tank does not overflow or become damaged.