4 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Septic Tank

4 Tips for a Healthy and Happy Septic Tank

Septic tanks are amazing things. Unseemly and maybe even a little gross, yes, but amazing all the same. They work on the very basic principle of providing a large, underground container where a home expels the residents’ wastewater. Heavy solid waste sinks while lighter solids like grease, fats, and oils rise. Meanwhile, countless bacteria live in the tank, breaking down the muck. Meanwhile, the processed wastewater slowly drains into the surrounding soil where natural processes break the waste down further into clean water. That explanation is perhaps a bit simplistic but it’s the gist. Here are four tips for a healthy and happy septic tank if you want yours to continue to work properly.

Don’t Push It

Everyone should watch how much water they use, whether for cooking, drinking, bathing, or flushing. Water is a precious resource, to begin with, so the more we use and contaminate it, the longer it takes Nature to revert it into clean water. Therefore, think smaller and realize that using too much water can overload your septic tank, making its job so much harder. The tank’s drain field will flood if it is overcome with water. Overflooding leads to puddles in the yard and possibly backwash inside your home. Curb your water use to give it a break.

Water, TP, and Human Waste

Only the three things listed above should go into your septic tank. Manufacturers designed it to handle water, human waste, and toilet paper that breaks down easily. Things will go south very quickly in your septic tank if you use your toilet as a garbage can. Wipes, dental floss, prophylactics, hygiene products, paper towels, cat litter, animal waste, cigarettes, grease, household chemicals, and other things don’t belong in a septic tank. They can damage the system and disrupt the biological processes that help break down the “good” waste.

Stay Off the Drain Field

We’ve mentioned the drain field already. It’s a system of pipes leading from the tank, buried below ground so it can deliver the processed water to the earth. Some drain fields are extensive, others aren’t, but either way, keep heavy weights off the lawn! That means no trucks or cars, large and heavy lawn decorations, sheds, or similar buildings. Too much weight can crack and break the system, requiring extensive and expensive repairs.

Periodic Pumping

Septic tank pumping has its benefits, so have a professional pump your septic tank every three to five years. It keeps the levels down, so the wastewater doesn’t pool and stink up the yard. It stops waste from backing up into the house and ensures the system continues to operate efficiently. It also keeps the bacteria inside happy and healthy and ensures you won’t have to pay to have the system removed and repaired in the future.

Those are just four tips for a healthy and happy septic tank. Now think about how yours is doing before it’s too late!

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