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Looking After Your Septic Tank and Septic System

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 8:03am

A modern septic tank system will serve you well, just as long as you look after it properly. Here are some hints and tips to make sure you and your septic tank get along just fine and there is no danger of septic tank failure.

  1. If your drainfield is waterlogged it will not work properly. To avoid septic tank failure, make sure all drains and gutters on the property are diverting water away from the drainfield.
  2. You should grow grass on your drainfield to aerate the soil and avoid soil erosion.
  3. Never drive your car over your drainfield, build anything on top of it, or cover it with a hard surface like asphalt or concrete. This can damage the tank and pipes and compress the soil so that it is less able to deal with the liquid waste. Eventually this could contribute to septic tank failure.
  4. Keep trees at least 100 feet away from the septic tank system to avoid root damage to drains.
  5. Never put too much grey water into the septic tank system at any one time. Save water wherever you can – repair leaks, avoid doing too much laundry on any one day, consider installing water conserving toilets, and don’t run the dishwasher unless it is full.
  6. Fit an efficient washing machine lint trap filter to stop tiny non-biodegradable fibers from your clothes from clogging up your septic tank.
  7. Be very careful about what goes into the septic tank system. Avoid putting non-biodegradable solid waste, grease, motor oil, paint, heavy duty cleaners or hazardous chemicals down the toilet, sink or drains. Minimize use of your garbage disposal.

Make sure your septic tank system is regularly maintained. On average, a family of four with a 1,000 gallon septic tank would need to have the tank pumped after 3-5 years of use.

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