Your Central Florida septic system is an important part of your home. With many of us staying at home, it is more important than ever to take care of the system. It is responsible for disposing of all the wastewater in your home, shower, bathtub, washing machine, dishwasher, toilets, and sinks. This amount of water really adds up.
Make your septic system a priority
Ignoring your septic system can end up costing hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to repair. Not to mention pollute the environment. Ensuring regular maintenance is preformed can save you a ton of money and frustration.
Why is septic tank pumping so important?
Your septic tank is responsible for taking in all the waste water from your home. It then separates the solid waste, which settles on the bottom of the tank, and the lighter solid waste floats on the top. The water that ends up in the middle is carefully filtered out to the drain field and processed into the soil.
Over time, the solid in the tank build up. If it isn’t pumped out, the waste will end up going somewhere. Whether that is backing up into your home or forced out into the drain field, or both. Either way the repair cost can be significant.
Take these steps to avoid septic tank failure
The same antibacterial cleaners and soaps that kill bacteria in our homes and hands also kill the good bacteria in the septic tank that breaks the solids waste. Avoiding the use of antibacterial products will aid in the health of the septic system.
Pouring non-biodegradable material down the sink or toilet can disrupt the natural balance required to break down solids in the septic tank. Non-biodegradable substances include, grease, paint, pesticides, and oils. Ensure all non-biodegradable products such as paper and baby diapers are disposed of the trash.
Waste from the garbage disposal can easily overwhelm the septic tank, use it sparingly or not at all. Using a lot of water all at once, showers and several loads of laundry can also overwhelm the system, offsetting the natural processes necessary to function properly.
Septic tanks need to be pumped every 2 to 3 years, depending how much it’s used and the size of the tank. The small price of pumping the tank can avoid the thousands of dollars on repairs, many of which could have been prevented. If you’re experiencing issues with your septic system, waiting usually makes the problems worse. Regular maintenance and inspections can prevent failures and save you a ton of money in replacement and repairs.