Your septic system is essential if your house is not connected to the city's water and sewage system because it treats all of your house's wastewater, including water from the kitchen, laundry room, and bathrooms. Septic systems typically have a tank where solid waste is separated from liquid waste and wastewater flows for treatment. The organic materials in wastewater are broken down by microorganisms. The wastewater then enters the perforated pipes that make up the drain or leach field. The wastewater will either drain into the soil or evaporate. Knowing how your septic system works should be basic knowledge for a septic owner. Another thing to be familiar with is to know how to treat your septic system in a healthy way. Here are four tips by Septic Blue to help you maintain a healthy septic system.
Your septic tank's solids must be removed and disposed of by septic tank pumping. These solids will eventually build up in your drain field, clogging the soil's pores, and causing damage if they are not removed. Additionally, the effluent from a septic system can pond in your drain field or even back up into your home. In either case, the harm to your system may never be repaired. Depending on the size of your tank, how often you use it, and how many people live in your home, you may only need septic tank pumping once every few years. A reliable septic company will be able to provide you with more information once the inspection is finished.
We dump a lot of things that can damage a septic system into the kitchen sink. Coffee grounds, eggshells, medication, produce stickers, flour, and other items should never be washed down the drain of the sink. Additionally, grease and fat should not be thrown away because they will clog your septic system, just like paint and cooking oil. Even dairy products shouldn't be thrown away. Dairy can't break down in a septic tank because there isn't enough oxygen. When you use a garbage disposal with a septic tank, the food particles that are ground up add to the layer of solids that are deposited there. Because of this, homeowners need to be extra careful to make sure that only biodegradable food is put down the garbage disposal.
The beneficial bacteria in a septic system can be damaged by a variety of household cleaning products. When washing clothes, don't use bleach or other chemicals. Try not to utilize drain cleaners, which, besides dispensing with the microscopic organisms, can harm the actual tank. Try a toilet drain snake, which can also be used to unclog kitchen and bathroom sinks if a plunger doesn't work. Because they typically contain bleach, toilet bowl cleaners are also bad for your septic system. Fortunately, these harsh chemicals can be replaced with a wide variety of natural or plant-based cleaning products. For additional information regarding the kinds of cleaning products that septic systems are able to withstand, speak with a septic company.
Regular inspections are required of your septic system. Your system's overall health will be assessed by your inspector, who will also be able to identify any parts that need to be replaced or repairs that need to be made before major issues arise. Schedule a septic inspection with Septic Blue today.