Septic tanks are a vital part of the home. It’s important for every homeowner with a septic tank to understand how septic tanks work and how to properly maintain them in order to ensure that septic issues and backups don’t occur.
What is a Septic Tank?
A septic tank is a storage tank that holds the solid sewage waste from a home. It is commonly used in homes that have no access to a city sewer system. A septic tank works in conjunction with a home’s leech field. While the septic tank holds all of the solid waste, the clearer waste gets sent up into the leech field above where it is purified and absorbed back into the earth.
What Are the Benefits of Having a Septic Tank?
Septic tanks are more environmentally friendly than sewer systems. They utilize the natural purification powers of the soil to reduce waste. Once the waste has been purified, it is returned to the earth to serve as nutrients. This allows the soil around the septic tank to remain healthy and safe.
It’s also easier and cheaper to install a septic tanks system than it is to connect a house to a city’s sewer system.
Proper maintenance will also allow most septic tanks to last for nearly a lifetime.
Importance of Maintaining a Septic Tank
Proper and regular septic maintenance is very important. Without proper maintenance, your septic system could clog, cause plumbing issues or even back up into the yard causing hundreds of dollars worth of damage. A backed up septic tank can also create terrible smells around your home and yard and cause your water to smell. If you neglect your septic tank maintenance for too long, it could even damage the tank. Replacing or repairing a tank can be a long and expensive task. It’s easier and cheaper to practice proper maintenance on a regular basis.
How do I Maintain My Septic Tank?
First of all, don’t flush any items that aren’t able to be easily broken down. Food, tampons, cigarette butts, wrappers, paper towels and more can all easily clog pipes and take up a lot of space in the tank. It’s also a good idea to use as little toilet paper as possible. In addition, don’t put any toxic chemicals or grease in the drain. Toxic chemicals will taint the leech field, and grease will solidify when exposed to the cool temperatures.
Second, pump the septic tank when it needs to be pumped. Without regular pumping, the septic tank will continue to accumulate solid waste until it backs up either into the yard or into the house. How often a septic tank needs to be pumped depends on how many people live in the home, how much water is used in the home and the amount of solid waste that is usually produced within the home.
Third, avoid planting trees or shrubs on or around the septic tank. The roots of the plant could damage the tank.
Finally, avoid using products that are said to clean septic tanks. The chemicals may taint the leech field or even damage the tank.
Proper septic maintenance is simpler and much more cost-effective than dealing with a damaged or backed up septic tank. Don’t let your pipes, yard or tank suffer from unnecessary damage. Practice proper septic tank maintenance every day to ensure that your septic system works properly for years to come.