5 Rules Every Septic Tank Owner Should Know

Septic systems are considered a fairly low-maintenance plumbing solution. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t have a few rules.  To ensure your septic tank operates smoothly and doesn’t produce an unexpected foul odor, learn these septic tank maintenance rules:

#1 Get Your Septic Tank Pumped and Cleaned Periodically

This is a non-negotiable matter. Each septic tank needs professional attention. In general, your tank should be cleaned and pumped every 3 to 5 years to prevent system failure.

#2 Protect Your Drain Field

Your septic system involves both your septic tank and the leach field (or drain field). Be sure to avoid parking cars or operating heavy machinery on your drain field. Also, avoid planting trees or shrubs that may cause root damage to underlying pipes or cover up inspection holes. Lastly, make sure rainwater is not draining into your leach field.  

#3 Conserve Water

Your septic tank can’t hold an unlimited supply of liquid. Therefore, it is important to conserve water so that your system doesn’t get overloaded and back up. This includes fixing leaks promptly, installing low-flow faucets and being mindful about how you use your dishwasher and washing machine. 

#4 Know What Can and Can’t Put Down Your Drains

Your septic tank may seem ultra tough on the outside, but it is also sensitive in many ways too.  Avoid washing too many harsh chemicals down your sink. Also, use a “septic acceptable” toilet paper that will break down easily. Lastly, don’t disrupt the balance of your septic tank by adding water from a pool or hot tub. If you aren’t sure about whether or not a certain product is okay to flush, ask a professional first. 

#5 Don’t Ignore A Problem

A small whiff of foul odor or a couple slow draining sinks may not seem like a big deal, but they can quickly escalate into a major septic problem. To avoid more costly repairs and embarrassing backups in your home or business, call a professional sooner rather than later. At Metro Septic, we are available when you need us most!


Posted on behalf of Metro Septic and Plumbing

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