One out of four homeowners depend on septic tanks to handle their domestic waste water. Septic tanks are buried underground and when they work properly, we tend to forget about them. Since we can’t see septic tanks, it is routine to forget to care for them.
However, managing your septic tank is easy, and the money, mess, and smell of a malfunction septic system are easily avoidable.
How to Maintain Your Septic System
The wastewater from your home enters a storage tank where it separates into solid waste and liquid. The liquid leaves the tank and ejects into a drain field. Too much water entering the tank means too much water going to the drain field and makes it soggy. Unfortunately, a soggy drain field cannot absorb any more water and eventually floods. The first thing a homeowner needs to do is protect the drain field from excessive water. The ideas that follow help to keep drains running smoothly and is right way for septic maintenance.
Minimize Drain field Water
Direct gutter downspouts and foundation drains away from the drain field. Arrange landscaping so that minimal watering around the drain field is sufficient for the landscaping needs. Grass is the best covering.
Minimize Water Flowing into the Septic Tank
Be Alert to What Goes Down Drains
The following items should never be flushed into a septic tank:
Never flush or pour down drains harsh chemicals. Your septic system depends upon helpful bacteria to process waste. Harsh chemicals can kill them and your tank stops working correctly. Whenever possible use natural ingredients.
The Right Way to Maintain Your Septic System
Every two or three years have your septic tank system emptied by a septic tank service.
It is impossible to protect the bacteria in your septic tank from harm. Thinks that should not get into the tank inevitably will. DrainOut SeptoBac by Summit Brands is an all-natural septic tank treatment that increases the bacteria count in your septic systems by billions of bacteria per gram added. Bacteria produce enzymes that easily digest organic waste and hard to degrade waste in your septic system, including paper, wipes, laundry chemicals, cooking oil and grease. Our special bacteria have better resistance to anti-bacterial soaps and cleaners, which reduce the number of helpful bacteria in your septic tank. The product has special nutrients that help stimulate the growth of bacteria.
Bacteria will help keep your tank in top shape and may extend the period between emptying your septic tank.
Burr, the Tank Might Freeze
Never add antifreeze to your septic tank. It is harsh and may prevent freezing, but it will certainly kill bacteria. If you live in a cold climate, preparations for winter to prevent freezing include insulation such as mulch on the ground above the system. Wrapping the pipe from the house to the tank with insulation and occasionally letting warm water flow into the system also helps keep tanks from freezing.
Instead of doing all the laundry at one time, do a load a day. If your tank freezes get help from a professional.