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Tips for Caring for Your Septic System

Septic Tank
Your septic tank is an efficient wastewater management system that treats and disposes of wastewater from your home. It's less complex, more economical and less disruptive to the environment than a centralized sewer system.

However, because it's self-contained and separate from a municipal sewer system, homeowners are each responsible for maintaining their septic systems themselves. 

You'll want to enlist the help of a reliable and experienced septic system service provider to keep your septic system operating properly. 

Your provider will perform general maintenance and spot problems before they become severe. If you have a septic tank, here are some maintenance tips to keep it operating smoothly. 

Use Water Efficiently

One of the most overlooked aspects of good septic care is using water efficiently. Regardless of your household size, efficiently managing your water usage reduces the risk of septic problems and increases the lifespan of your septic system.

This means managing your family's usage to avoid wasting water. For example, washing full loads of clothing, instead of several small loads can go a long way in reducing water use. Limiting shower times instead of taking long showers is another good approach to water management. 

How you manage your water use depends on your family size and lifestyle. However, choices, like washing the dishes manually certain days a week and using the dishwasher on other days, will help cut back significantly. 

Otherwise, water usage tips include installing low flow faucets and toilets, checking for and fixing leaky faucets right away, and avoiding running the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time.

Do a Bio-Degradable Check

A large number of toilet problems arise from flushing items that aren't biodegradable. In order for your septic system to remove waste from your water, items must be broken down naturally by bacteria and other living organisms. 

When you flush non-biodegradable items down the toilet, they can accumulate and cause major septic problems. 

You may be surprised to find that items commonly flushed down the toilet aren't bio-degradable, such as most brands of tampons, paper towels, and sanitary napkins. Have a check-in with your family and go over what is and isn't appropriate to flush down the toilet.

This friendly family reminder will save you the headache of dealing with a septic system blockage down the line. 

Schedule Regular Inspections

You shouldn't wait until a problem arises to schedule an inspection. Head off problems by scheduling regular inspections as part of your general septic system care. Routine inspection is pivotal to keeping your septic system in excellent condition. 

How often to have your septic tank inspected varies widely depending on the size of your tank and how much water you use. You may need to have your system inspected twice a year or every three years.

To find out how often to have your system inspected, contact an experienced septic service provider. A technician will come out to your home to evaluate your needs and make maintenance recommendations. 

Pump Your Tank

The wastewater in your tank forms three layers - the lighter solid waste floats to the top, while the heavier waste settles at the bottom. The middle layer is mostly water with small particles of waste in it. 

The bacteria in the tank go to work breaking down the waste material as it accumulates. The sludge and scum left over remain to accumulate in the tank until you pump it. 

It's recommended that a family of four have their septic tank pumped every three years. If your water usage is high, you may need to have it pumped sooner. Foul smells, slow drainage, and water backups are common signs that it's time to schedule to have your tank pumped. 

Whether you have a clog or need routine maintenance, contact AAA Whites Septic Tank Services, Inc.