The Seven Worst Things You Can Do To Your Sewer And Septic System

Your septic system is one of those things that you may not think about until it doesn't work properly. Having issues with your septic system or sewer can put major obstacles in daily living, so it pays to spend some time and effort to keep it maintained. The best thing that you can do to protect your system might actually be found in some things that you should not do, in order to preserve function and maintain your home's septic system.

Make sure to protect your septic system and avoid the following:

1. Don't neglect to have your system cleaned and inspected. Your septic system should be inspected and cleaned annually, to ensure there are no imminent issues or problems. It is also recommended that consumers have their septic tank pumped-out periodically, based on usage, usually every couple years.

2. Don't flush trash or debris. Don't use toilets or drains as trash receptacles; an average pipe leading out of your home to the septic system is only around three-inches in diameter, so even small items can cause blockages or problems. The best policy for homeowners that don't want to risk an issue is to only flush toilet paper that is made to be delicate on your system, such as eco-friendly options.

3. Never plant gardens or trees near your drain-field. The area around your septic tank is often called a drain-field or leach-field; avoid planting anything in this area near your septic system. The roots can interfere and block your septic lines.

4. Don't drive near the leach-field. Be cautious not to drive near or over the leach-field for your system. This area protects the system and the septic tank, and driving over it can cause major problems and could even potentially contaminate the ground-water which could equate to a big expense.

5. Avoid flushing chemicals. Another way that ground-water can become contaminated is by flushing toxic chemicals down the toilets or drains in the home. Be careful what you choose to clean with, and don't pour these solutions down your drains whenever possible.

6. Never remove the lid from your septic tank. The fumes from your septic tank is toxic, often even lethal. Don't ever remove your septic tank cover, and never climb in or enter your tank for any reason. Contact a professional, instead.

7. Don't pour or add water to the area around your septic tank. Avoid watering or flooding the area near your septic tank, or around your leach-field. The excess water can impact the performance of the system, as well as the drain-field, which can cause major problems with your septic.

If a problem arises, don't attempt to fix it yourself. Contact a septic professional like Ace Sanitation Service or plumber to assess the situation and to possibly pump out the septic tank. Use these tips as a guide to maintain your septic system and prevent potential issues.  

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