Most homeowners keep up a healthy septic tank maintenance routine every four years. However, we don’t usually keep in mind how hard our septic system actually works for the home. Experts even say that our home septic systems require attention at least once a month. Sometimes your tank may need some TLC and calling a pumping company isn’t a financially friendly option.
If you find your tank looking a little dirty between pumps, try out some of these home remedies that will keep your system running well until your next maintenance service.
Clear Out Your Septic System Mainline with Vinegar
One easy way to ensure that your mainline remains clear is to apply a vinegar mixture to your system once a month. This mixture is quite easy to prepare and only requires:
- White distilled vinegar
- Scalding water
- A gallon jug.
Fill your gallon jug halfway with boiling water and half with distilled vinegar. Mix up the contents then pour the cleaner down your toilet that is closest to your septic system mainline. Flush after pouring and then flush again in the morning.
This mixture will break down any blockages and even take care of cooking grease that could cause some serious damage to your system.
Add Baking Soda
For an even quicker way to keep your septic system healthy, you can mix a ¼ cup of baking soda and a ½ cup of vinegar and place this mixture directly down your drains. This is an easy solution to keeping dirt and grime out of your surprisingly delicate system.
Avoid Antibacterial Soaps and Chemicals
As we’ve mentioned in the past, what you put into your tank directly impacts the condition of your septic system. Most people know the main items that shouldn’t be flushed down the drain, but there are several products that would surprise people with their damaging effects to your septic tank.
Even though antibacterial soaps and chemicals like bleach claim to be safe ways for a person to maintain the plumbing and hygiene of their restroom. Your septic tank thrives on bacteria to function properly, and these types of products end up doing their job a little too well by killing off bacteria and preventing the natural breakdown of tank waste.
Septic System Need to Be Pumped? Texas Johns Can Help!
The last thing that any homeowner wants is a septic tank that has completely had its fill. Not only is this a messy situation, but it’s also one that creates a health hazard for everyone in the area of the system.
At Texas Johns, we are proud to be the most reliable septic maintenance team in Dallas. We can ensure that your system continues to function perfectly between services. If you know it’s time for your tank to be cleaned out, contact us today to schedule quality septic services from Texas Johns.