In areas of Lockhart, Texas, not serviced by municipal sewers, such as rural locations, septic tanks are common means of storing and partially treating household sewage. Learning how to take care of a septic tank before trouble arises will keep your tank working properly and cut down on repair bills. Maintaining your septic system can also prevent damage to the environment. Practice the following four septic system maintenance techniques:
Watch What You Dispose Of
Harsh acids, chemicals, and certain household products can kill anaerobic bacteria in a septic tank or clog the system. Anaerobic bacteria are essential for breaking down solid waste in the system.
Don’t use a septic system to dispose of:
- Strong alkaline drain cleaners
- Paint thinners and strippers
- Insect spray
- Coffee grounds
- Paper products (other than toilet tissue)
- Motor oil
Contact your local sanitation or waste-management office to learn how to properly dispose of these items.
Avoid Overusing or Wasting Water
A sudden influx of wastewater can overwhelm a septic system. Use water-saving toilets and appliances in your home. Spread out laundry over a week, and reduce the amount of water you use for bathing and dishwashing. Repair faucets and pipe and toilet leaks immediately. Make sure home drains are clear.
Clean the Tank Regularly
Have a licensed septic system professional inspect your tank and remove sludge regularly. You should have a septic tank pumped out before sludge reaches the level of the outflow pipe. Otherwise, incoming untreated waste can flow directly into the drainage field and ruin the gravel bed of the drainage field.
How often you clean the tank depends on the number of people in your household and the capacity of your tank. Keep a record of all septic system cleanings.
Don’t Add Pressure From Above
Never allow a vehicle to drive over or park over a septic tank. The weight can cause the tank to cave in.
Keep your home septic system working properly by promptly repairing issues such as clogged toilets and drains. Contact the plumbing professionals at Woods Comfort Systems for quality service by calling 512-842-5066.
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