Take Good Care of Your Septic System With These Tips

Septic systems can be just as efficient as sewer systems for your home's plumbing, but there are a few differences. It is important to note that with a septic system, you need to maintain the system and make sure that septic tank gets pumped. Here are some tips for taking good care of your septic system.

Keep Your Water Use to a Minimum

One of the major differences you need to be aware of when switching to a septic system is that you can't just use unlimited amounts of water. These systems require water and waste to go through the pipes and into the septic tank, where the waste and water is separated. Waste remains in the tank, while water exits into the drainfield. If you use up too much water, this process can't be done fast enough, which causes overflowing. Make sure you are careful with how much water you use at one time by not doing all your laundry during one day, only running the dishwasher when it's full, and using low-flow faucets and toilets.

Avoid Dumping Chemicals and Grease

You should also be careful with what goes down your drains. While you might be able to dump some household chemicals into the drains with a sewer system, you should avoid it as much as possible when you have a septic system. This even means household detergents and drain cleaners. If you have a clog, skip the drain cleaners altogether. Either try using a plumbing auger without adding anything to the drains or contact a plumber for help. Grease can affect a septic system severely, so make sure no grease or oil is on your pans when you go to wash them. Wipe them down with a paper towel just to be sure.

Pump the Septic Tank

Every few years or so, you will need to have the septic tank pumped. This is when a  plumbing professional empties all of the solid waste from the septic tank. The frequency to get this done will depend on the size of your household, how much water you tend to go through, and the size of your septic tank. If you are getting it pumped too often because of having a lot of family members but a small tank, it is time to upgrade to a larger septic tank.

Don't Ignore the Drainfield

The drainfield is the area around your septic tank where the wastewater goes. Make sure you know where it is and you don't put vehicles or heavy equipment on top of it. Also keep trees with roots from growing in the drainfield, since they might get too close to the tank and cause damage. If you notice any issues, such as flooding or weird odours, contact a plumber to have the area looked at.