During the summer months, the last thing folks think about is septic care. However, an increase in activity during this time of year could be putting a strain on your septic tank system. Additional laundry, houseguests and the rainy season are typical activities during the summer. Without proper septic care, you could be faced with non-flushing toilets, sewage backups or a stinking, saturated backyard. The following tips can help you avoid septic tank problems and reduce or eliminate costly service calls and repairs.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind
One reason a septic system could fail is lack of regular maintenance. Although opinions vary when you should have your septic pumped, it is commonly agreed by professional plumbers that you should have your tank pumped and inspected every three years. This helps to prevent scum and solid waste from contaminating your leech field — drain field — and preventing it to drain properly. If your leech field fails, soon after you will experience household backups and an overflowing septic tank.
Because your septic tank can only handle so much water at a time, it is important to conserve water whenever possible during the summer months.
- Repair running toilets or replace with high-efficiency, low-flow models
- Repair or replace leaking faucets
- Choose the right load size on your washing machine to avoid wasting water
- Avoid washing all of your dirty laundry on the same day to allow your septic tank to recover
Defend your Septic Tank
A well-maintained septic system will provide years of faithful service, but it needs your help. Keep heavy objects, like cars, away from your septic tank and drain field. Avoid flushing things down the drain that are detrimental to your septic system. These include but are not limited to the following:
- Cat litter
- Facial tissue
- Cigarette butts
- Petroleum products
- Feminine products
- Bleach or harsh household cleaners
- Coffee grounds
If your home uses a septic tank system, garbage disposals are not recommended. Not only do they waste valuable water, but can also allow food particles to enter and clog the drain field.
Keep deep-rooted plants and trees at least thirty feet from the septic tank and adjoining drain field. Roots can quickly destroy your drain field and even crack the septic tank itself.
Proper septic care will reduce the likelihood of costly repairs and keep your system running efficiently for many years.
For answers to your questions, contact The Pink Plumber today.
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