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.
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’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.