The better you take care of your septic tank the better it will take care of you. Express Septic Services advises that there are things you can do to keep your septic tank functional and prolong its life. We are going to list these things below for your information. We can also help keep your tank in the best condition possible with annual service visits that include inspecting the tank and pumping it if necessary. Let’s talk more about this.
1. Use Water Wisely
If you inundate your septic tank with too much water, you will reduce its lifespan even though the water flows into the drain field. It’s important to use water wisely when your home or business is working off a septic system. Only run your washing machine and dishwasher when you have full loads, and don’t do all of your laundry in one day. Rather space the laundry out throughout the week to take it easy on your tank.
2. Don’t Flush Harmful Objects
There is a laundry list of things you should not introduce into your septic tank including items that claim to be septic safe. The only thing you should flush down the toilet is septic-safe toilet paper. You should not flush down wipes or facial tissue. You also shouldn’t flush down cat litter. Keep food, coffee grounds, and other harmful objects out of the drains, as well.
3. Annual Service
As we said above, it’s a good idea to have your septic system inspected annually. In fact, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control recommends it. When we come out to inspect your system, we can find problems before they become huge issues. The sooner we pump a full tank or address any other issues the better for your septic tank.
4. Pump it When Full
On average, a septic tank should be pumped every three years. The size of your household will determine whether this is a good rule of thumb or you need to have the tank pumped sooner. You may also be able to go longer than three years between septic tank pumps, you must have it pumped when it needs it. Otherwise, you run the risk of sewage backing up into your home.
5. Avoid Yard Damage
Finally, your yard can damage your septic tank. Avoid planting trees around the tank or any other plant life that would have roots large enough to encroach the tank and damage it. It’s also important to avoid parking any vehicles on top of the tank.
Express Septic Services in Greenville, SC, would be happy to help you protect your septic tank. Call us today for an inspection.