Have you recently moved to a home with a septic tank? Are you worried about how to properly care for your new septic system? For the most part, a septic system is used in much the same way as the city sewer system that you've been used to. However, there are certainly a few differences that you should keep in mind in order to make sure that your septic system continues to function in the near future. Some things that you need to keep in mind are:
It needs to be emptied regularly: You may have been under the impression that septic systems only need to be emptied when there is something wrong with them. This is entirely untrue. A septic tank collects the solids in your sewage, allowing the liquid to pass through. Eventually, enough of these solids will have collected that the septic tank won't be able to process any more waste. When this happens, you'll have to pay for a company to come out and remove all the solids from the tank. How often this will need to be done will depend upon the size of the tank and the size of the household that's using the tank.
Be careful what you flush: Although you're not really supposed to, you can flush a variety of items into a city sewer system and not have to deal with any direct consequences of doing so. This isn't true of septic systems. If a piece of plastic, a toy, or anything besides toilet tissue is flushed, your septic tank could wind up getting clogged. Instead of potentially going a year or two between having to empty the tank, you could find yourself having it emptied every few months. Being careful of what items wind up in the septic tank will help prevent a clog and will keep it going for as long as possible.
Don't use too much water at once: In order to properly function, septic systems rely on a balance of beneficial bacteria to help process the waste that enters them. Unfortunately, using too much water at once can upset this bacterial balance and cause issues with your septic system. For example, doing all of your laundry in one day can add hundreds of gallons of relatively sterile water to your septic tank. By the time the bacteria level is back to normal, you're doing laundry again. Do this often enough, and the septic tank will be unable to completely process solid waste. In order to keep your tank working properly, do a load of laundry every day or every few days.
To learn more about how to properly care for your septic system, contact a company like B & B Drain Tech Inc.
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