Your septic tank is the foundation of your waste system. It’s how you keep your property’s hygiene up-to-code and how you manage sewage or any flooding. However, this well-oiled machine will only function properly with your help.
Here are a few things to do—and more importantly—a few things not to do when it comes to your septic tank!
Septic tank do’s
The key is to not overload the septic system.
So, when it comes to laundry, which uses a significant amount of water, spread your loads over the course of a week, rather than doing it all in one day. Do make sure to use liquid chemicals at all time; solid chemicals can clog septic tanks, and lead to overflow.
Do check your pumps, siphons, and other system parts on a regular basis, to ensure that everything is running smoothly.
And on that note, definitely do get septic pumping services on a yearly basis, as septic tanks should be pumped every two to three years.
Septic tank don’ts
Now here’s what you shouldn’t do.
Try not to use garbage disposals; grinders in kitchen and utility sinks allow food and other waste to enter the water stream, which can seriously disrupt the septic tank.
On that note, make sure these items don’t enter the septic tanks: cigarettes, coffee grounds, hair, bandages, and other household trash. And if you’re in the kitchen often, make sure no grease goes down the pipe. It’s corrosive and does not break down.
These do’s and don’ts are vital for all septic tank owners to know as they ensure longevity and effectiveness. The more you do (or not do) now, the less you have to pay in the long term. With Freedom Septic Services, we offer professional experience and personal care to clients, with a focus on reliable pumping and maintenance service. Give us a call at 410-795-2947 today to learn more!