Our septic system is a vital part of your home. Like everything else, it needs regular maintenance to keep it working efficiently. But many people don’t really understand what that includes.
Here Are Some Tips To Save You Money While Keeping Your Septic System Running Efficiently
Have Your Septic Tank Pumped Out Regularly
The septic system is designed to take waste water from the house to the septic tank. Over time the solid matter breaks down into sludge and the liquid continues to the drain field. The sludge and solids are meant to stay inside the tank. But when it gets full and is not pumped out, it has no where to go except into the drain field and back into the house. When this happens, besides having a smelly problem, you have a costly mess.
Know what you can put down your drain and what you can’t. Harmful chemicals such as bleach, pesticides, paints and drain cleaner can harm the delicate balance of the tank. Items such as diapers, grease and cat litter should also not be put down the drain or toilet.
Ensure your septic tank and drain field are never obstructed, such as planting trees or parking cars on top of them. If you don’t already have one, you may think about having a Riser installed. They allow for easy access to the lid of the tank.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
Be prepared, have the phone number of a trusted septic service on hand and have a site map and possibly a drawing of your system handy, so your technician can quickly locate the transport lines, septic and drain field.
The EPA Explains How Regular Septic Maintenance Can Save You Money
A key reason to maintain your septic system is to save money! Failing septic systems are expensive to repair or replace, and poor maintenance is often the culprit. Having your septic system inspected regularly is a bargain when you consider the cost of replacing the entire system. Your system will need pumping depending on how many people live in the house and the size of the system. An unusable septic system or one in disrepair will lower your property value and could pose a legal liability.