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

  • Healthy Septic - Keep Drains FlowingCheck all plumbing fixtures. Slow leaks are deceptive and over a day add many gallons of water to the waste system. Fix all leaks.
  • Showers without flow reducers are water hogs. Buy some flow reducers and install them. They are inexpensive and installation is a simple DIY job. While you are working in the bathrooms, if the sink faucets do not have aerators, add them.
  • Use a “displacer” in the water tank of toilets. A brick or gallon milk jug filled with water will do the trick.
  • When the washing machine is doing less than full loads use the “small” setting.
  • Park dirty dishes in the dishwasher until you have enough to run a full load.
  • Pick up a “hair” drain at the dollar store. They fit over the drains in tubs and showers, so hair does not go down the drain. Hair and soap clogs the tanks by making “hair balls” larger than a cat makes.

Be Alert to What Goes Down Drains

The following items should never be flushed into a septic tank:

  • Paper towels
  • Cigarettes
  • Facial tissues
  • Coffee grounds
  • Cat litter
  • Tampons
  • Sanitary napkins

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

How to prevent septic system from freezingNever 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.