Basic Tips For Caring For Your Septic System

If you are new to owning a home with a septic tank system, it's important to know what type of maintenance your system needs to work effectively. While the main service your septic system will need is to be pumped every three to five years, you may need additional service if your system begins to malfunction. When you decide how often your septic system needs to be pumped, you will need to take into consideration how large your family is, how big your tank is, and the amount of wastewater that is generated by the people within the home.

Be Careful with Water Usage

The amount of water you use every day has a direct impact on the potential for your septic system to fail. The more water that goes through the system, the higher the likelihood of a system failure. You should be minimizing the amount of water used every day by checking for leaks frequently, fixing any leaking faucets or toilets, and using high efficiency washing machines, dishwashers and showerheads. While the average person uses roughly 70 gallons of water per day, this amount can triple in a home that has a water leak.

Allow Your System Time to Rest

It's important to give your septic system time to handle the waste that runs into it. While it may save you time to run the dishwasher and do all of your laundry in one day, this doesn't give your system time to deal with the waste that it receives. Try to spread out any chores that create wastewater to keep your system running smoothly. 

Watch What You Flush

While it might make sense to you to flush just about anything that fits down your toilet, this can wreak havoc on your septic system. Your system relies on bacteria to break down organic materials in your septic tank. When harsh chemicals or non-organic materials are flushed down the toilet, this can block your system and ruin the balance of the bacteria that is in your septic tank. 

Consider What Goes Down Your Sink Too

While a garbage disposable easily gets rid of food waste, they are not recommended in homes that have a septic system. The amount of fat, oils, and solids that get into the septic system and clog up the drain field can be considerable when you use a garbage disposal regularly. You should also avoid pouring grease, paint, or toxic cleaners down your sink, as these will cause problems with your septic system.

For more information about septic systems, contact a local company like Onsite Portable Toilets & Septic.