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5 Things You Can Do to Prevent Septic Emergencies

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 12:22pm

Plumbing emergencies are never on anyone’s to-do lists. These 5 tips will help you maintain your septic tank and hopefully prevent a septic tank emergency. Of course, if you do have a septic emergency, you can always call your local Mr. Rooter Plumber of Greater Syracuse NY.

1. Get an Inspection!

We’ve said it before, and we will say it again – one of the most important things you can do for your septic system is get an annual inspection. Regular septic maintenance can prevent a much more expensive emergency fix – especially if the emergency happens during the colder months when the ground is frozen.

2. Get Your Tank Routinely Pumped

Routine pumping is essential, and if you can time it before the fall and winter season that’s a bonus. That way you will know that your septic system is running at its best during the holidays (and of course during the winter!)

3. Reduce Your Water Usage

When you know you are expecting a lot of guests, be sure to reduce your water usage before they arrive! Run your dishwasher and washing machine only when you have full loads and take shorter showers.

4. Talk Toilets

Make sure everyone in your house knows what is appropriate to flush down the toilet. More importantly, make sure they know what is NOT appropriate to flush down the toilet. You’d be surprised how many people will toss q-tips, cigarette butts, and even diapers down the toilet. Making sure everyone is aware will help prevent potential backup.

5. Not Everything Goes Down the Disposal

It’s so tempting,we know, to toss everything in the disposal and watch it seemingly rinse away. Especially if you have guests over who want to help in the kitchen, make sure they aren’t apt to throw a few things down the drain. Not sure what to do with all the fibrous veggie parts that you shouldn’t attempt to grind up? Consider keeping a small compost can in your kitchen. These days you can find fairly decorative options to store those coffee grounds and veggie peelings that can cause havoc in your pipes.

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