Many homeowners see their septic systems as a set-and-forget waste management solution. However, by failing to maintain and care for your septic system, you will not only shorten the system’s lifespan significantly, but you also run the risk of groundwater contamination.

Additionally, failing to use your septic system in the right manner can also reduce its ability to break down wastewater, which can lead to sanitary issues.

Do:

Pump Your System Regularly

Have your septic system professionally pumped once every two to five years, depending on your system size, the number of people in your household, and your water usage. Regular pumping will ensure that your system is always free from sludge build-up.

Use Easily-compostable Toilet Paper

Use toilet paper that your septic system can break down quickly to mitigate the risk of blockages and contamination. Look for one-ply toilet paper that is biodegradable. Higher-quality toilet paper typically breaks down easier than low-quality products.

Regularly Flush Your Drains

If there are drains in your house that you don’t regularly use, for example, a shower in a guest bathroom, periodically run water through it to prevent the build-up of gasses.

Use Water Sparingly

A septic tank has a limited capacity for wastewater. To prevent your tank from reaching full capacity, spread your water usage to give the tank a chance to drain.

Regularly Clear Your Drain Field

The roots of trees and bushes can grow into your septic system pipes because they contain water and nutrients. Root growth in your drain field can cause considerable damage to your system and affect drainage. To prevent root damage to your outflow components, clear your drain field of plants, shrubs, and bushes regularly.

Don’ts:

Don’t Use Cleaning Products That Contain Chlorine Or Bleach

Your septic system uses a delicate balance of bacteria and enzymes to break wastewater down. Strong cleaning products, such as bleach, can kill these bacteria, causing your septic system to fail.

If there are no microbes in the tank, waste will accumulate on the inside, the pressure will build up, and the system will push greasy and oily residue into the drain field. To prevent this from happening, don’t use cleaning products that contain bleach or chlorine.

Don’t Use Products That Contain Phosphorus, Sodium, or Fillers

Powder cleaning or hygiene products that contain sodium or fillers will leave hard residue on the inside of your septic system’s pipes, which will accumulate and, over time, form a clog. Products that contain phosphorus can also damage your septic system and cause algae to bloom in the drain field.

Don’t Drive Your Car Over the Septic System

Don’t park or drive your car near your septic system. Pipe connections and septic tanks cannot withstand the weight of a vehicle, and they will rupture and start leaking.

Don’t Flush Unapproved Waste

A septic system can only break down and remove human waste, toilet paper, and water. Waste, such as food, grease, pet waste, and hygiene products, will affect the bacterial activity in your system. Use alternative methods to dispose of unapproved waste.

Contact Frost Range Septic today to learn more about caring for your septic system.

Ken Starman
Ken and Jamie Starman are the owners of Front Range Septic. They purchased the business in October 2007 after they saw a need to provide quality septic & grease trap pumping services to the Northern Colorado region.

Ken grew up in rural Nebraska, making himself familiar with septic systems. Prior to the owning the septic business, he owned his own custom agriculture business for 22 years. His knowledge of dealing with different types of septic systems and how to properly maintain them has grown over his 10 years of operating the business. He has made it his goal to educate clients on their septic systems to ensure that they are getting their tank properly serviced. In addition, he understands the importance of working with restaurants and facilities that have grease interceptors to prevent costly shut downs due to improper maintenance of their grease traps. He attends wastewater trade shows for continuing education and to keep current with new regulations and trends in the industry. He enjoys the various clients he has worked with over the years and looks forward to continued growth in the future.

They both believe in providing excellent customer service. When you call Front Range Septic you will be speaking with the owners. They don’t just want your business once; they want you to be a lifetime customer.