Homeowners Guide to Septic System Maintenance

April 27th, 2012 BY No Comments

If you’re a new homeowner you know how important it is to keep up your home and property in good condition, but what about septic system?

Sadly, this is often overlooked by homeowners new and old and if your septic system isn’t properly looked after it can end up costing you big bucks in repairs and service. So what is the best way to keep your septic system in great shape? You can save hundreds of dollars by doing little things around the house to help keep your water consumption down and make sure you don’t have bad or excess waste in your pipes.

Good septic system maintenance doesn’t take a lot of time or money, it’s just thinking in a Greener and more environmentally friendly way. Here are a couple of tips.

  1. Use all natural cleaning products. One cheap and easy way to help your septic system is to make your own cleaning products to clean the bathrooms and kitchen. Using products that are safe and all natural such as baking soda, lemon, vinegar, and tea tree oil instead of harsh chemicals like bleach will keep your septic system happy and working for much longer. It’s simple really, the good bacteria aren’t eaten away by the chemicals and it can stick around and do its job which is to eat away at the waste.. This keeps clogs and back-ups to a minimum.
  2. Some cleaning products are hard not to use and replace with all natural cleanters. You want to make sure your home is clean and some all natural cleaners don’t do the job you want it to. If you need to use those antibacterial soaps you can counter act their affect on the septic system by using bacteria additives. By introducing the healthy bacteria back into the septic system you can put your mind to rest and know that the bacteria is still there breaking down the solids in the septic tank.
  3. Buy water reducers for your nozzles and toilets. You can save gallons of water each year but purchasing the right nozzles and flow reducers for your showers and toilets. This allows less water to be used when you shower and flush the toilet and that saves pressure on your septic tank as well as conserves our natural resources.
  4. We recommend that you install a septic tank filter if you do not have one. It is an important tool that will protect your leach field by acting as a strainer, keeping the hair, grit, grime, and larger particles not yet broken down in your tank from getting out into your leach field lines. If your septic system has a filter, it should be cleaned at every septic pumping service.
  5. Above all the best preventative maintenance for your septic system is to schedule routine septic pumping service. There is no way to avoid sludge build up, but regular servicing helps keep it at a manageable level. Your septic system must be cleaned properly and pumped on a regular basis to ensure that your system remains at a healthy liquid balance. Regular servicing and septic pumping will help to identify potential problems that could be lurking under the surface.

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