Your septic tank and your septic system are household units that help to separate solids from wastewater and prevents waste from being stored near your home’s drains. Regular septic tank pumping and maintenance is key to your systems success. Here are our top five septic tank maintenance tips for making sure that the septic system keeping your home flowing runs smoothly.
5. Know What Not to Flush
We have all been told at some point in time that there are certain items that should never be flushed down the toilet. Things like Kleenex and paper towels seem to be a given. They can easily clog up your system and cause malfunctions. However, there are other items that you shouldn’t flush that may surprise you.
- Disposable diapers
- Cigarette butts
- Dental floss
- Cat litter
- Cooking fats/oils
- Paint/Paint thinner
Items like this both clog and disrupt the ecosystem that keeps your septic tank running properly. Some harsher items like baby wipes can still be flushed, they will just require that you perform more general septic tank maintenance on the system as a whole.
4. Keep the Drain Field Clear
For many septic problems, especially among older homes, is roots infiltrating the drain field. What happens in these cases is that roots from nearby plants and trees have twisted down into the pipes and other crucial components of the drain field.
By knowing the layout of your home and where your system lies, you can take steps to save yourself money on future repairs by keeping the area clear of plants and trees that can cause substantial damage.
3. Perform Regularly Scheduled Water Jetting
High-pressured water jetting is a great way for local plumbers and septic tank maintenance companies to clear out your home’s pipes. All pipes and septic systems will eventually accumulate solids that will get stuck in the pipes.
A clog in your septic system can cause buildup that leads to a messy overflow. By performing a high-pressure water jetting every five years, you will be eliminating buildup that would prevent your septic tank and system from operating efficiently.
2. Think About Conserving Water
Water from your home leads into the septic tank. Obviously overuse of water in sinks and other areas of the home will result in your septic tank filling up at a faster rate than normal. Not paying attention to this can lead to build up that is disruptive and causes problems with your system.
1. Septic Tank Maintenance Involves Regular Tank Pumping
One of the most dangerous myths out there is that septic tanks don’t need to be pumped. This is completely false information. Just like car maintenance, your septic tank needs to be maintained at least once every five years.
Contact your local septic tank pumping service provider to make sure that you don’t ignore this simple homeowner tip.
Texas Johns Keeps Your Septic System Running
If you are having problems with your septic tank and need it to be maintained, we are the local Dallas service company for the job. Get in touch with Texas Johns today to find out how to schedule your septic tank and system to be pumped.