Your home’s septic tank system is just as important as your home’s electrical system and your HVAC system. Where your HVAC system cools and heats your home when necessary and your electrical system provides light and power, your septic tank systems gives your home something that wasn’t widely available in the first half of the last century: indoor plumbing. And compared to city run plumbing systems, septic tanks can have a lot of alternative benefits, like the ability to be off the grid. However, this doesn’t mean that you don’t have to take measures to maintain your septic tank. After a while, your septic tank can start to show wear and tear – and if you don’t maintain your tank, you may need to replace the whole thing. Here are five tips for maintaining your home septic tank system.
- Make sure to not rinse cooking grease down the drain. The safest way to remove cooking grease is to place it in a small container and then throw the container away. Cooking grease will not only clog your pipes, but it can also cause extreme damage inside your septic tank. Most of these greases can become congealed solids that can be hard for the enzymes in the septic tank to break down.
- Make sure to pump and clean your septic tank every one to four years. If you purchased your septic tank at the National Tank outlet, there is a good chance that you have to properly clean out your septic tank on an annual basis, especially if your tank sees a lot of action. Most families with one or more children will need to clean out their tanks on a more regular basis. Pumping a septic tank can usually be done by a professional company that specializes in tank cleaning and pumping.
- Make sure to not use so much water – at once. If you run more than one shower at once, you could wind up overloading your septic tank. You may even want to take it a step further and install low flow showerhead and toilets with smaller tanks. The less water rushing to your septic tank, the lower the risk of a malfunction. Not only that, but you will also lengthen the lifespan of your tank.
- Make sure that you have a filter in your septic tank. Most septic tanks come with the option of adding a filter. While you can pretty much rest assured that all solid materials will be broken down, a filter will be able to catch anything that doesn’t dissolve. When you have a filter installed, you want to make sure that you clean or replace the filter on a regular basis, because it can start to become blocked with too much detritus.
- Make sure to use detergents – for your dishes and your laundry – that are septic tank safe. You can usually read the ingredients on the back of the detergent packaging to see if it is safe for septic tanks. Harsh chemicals can end doing harm to your tank, which can be difficult and expensive to fix. In the end, though, simply remaining diligent about what chemicals go down your drains should prevent any expensive repairs down the line.