Mistakes You Are Making With Septic System Maintenance


If your a homeowner on a septic tank system, then you likely follow a certain maintenance plan. This septic system maintenance is likely pretty simple. It includes a septic cleaning system that is introduced through the plumbing in the home and having the tank cleaned or pumped on a routine basis. The problem is that these steps may not be enough. Here are a few mistakes you could be making with your septic maintenance before your routine even starts. Here are a few of those mistakes and what to know about each one.

Garbage Disposal

If you have a garbage disposal, the use of the disposal may be hurting your septic system. The disposal grinds up any of the food that goes into the system and sends it through the plumbing to the septic system. The problem is that if there are oils, such as coconut oil, within the food scraps that oil can harden. If the oil hardens within the tank, it can cause clogs and other issues to your tank. To avoid this, try to avoid using you garbage disposal whenever possible. This is will reduce the oils and items that can form clogs and blockages in the tank and help reduce maintenance calls.

Septic Approved Items

If you are not using septic tank approved items, you may be causing issues with your septic system. Toilet paper and other items that are marked as septic system safe will break down easily in the tank. If you are using toilet paper, especially thicker papers, in your system they may not break down easily if at all. This can cause the tank to fill up faster and cause blockages that you could otherwise avoid. If you are trying to reduce your septic system maintenance calls, change some of your home products to septic system safe.

Laundry Soap

Many septic tank owners do not think about laundry soap when they consider their septic system. The truth is, your laundry soap may be causing you huge issues with your system. Some laundry soaps have chemicals in them that do not break down easily. The chemicals may also bind with other items in the tank and cause biodegrading issues with those items. Make sure you are using an organic or eco-friendly laundry soap. These soaps are designed to degrade and breakdown easily and generally have less chemicals than other options.

These are just a few of the mistakes you may be making with your septic system maintenance before your normal routine begins. If you are having issues with your septic system, consider making adjustments to these mistakes you may be making. Also, consider contacting your septic system maintenance contractor to discuss other ways to help your septic system and to maintain it to increase the durability of the system.


9 January 2019

Learning About Septic System Care and Usage

Hi there, I am Wes Nelson. When I lived in my first home, I discovered the plumbing connected directly to a septic system on the land. The septic system consisted of a tank, lines and leach field that processed the waste. I had to quickly learn how the septic system worked to keep it in good shape. I had to pay close attention to the substances I sent down the drains or flushed down the toilet. I did not want to disrupt the colonies of bacteria hard at work processing the waste products. On this site, I would like to help others keep their septic system in good working order by sharing the information I discovered. Please visit again soon.