A Common Problem With Septic Systems

Posted on: 9 March 2017

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Whether their septic system is functioning properly is something that most people do not think about until it is much too late. You may be in a smelly mess before you even think there is a problem. There are specific things that you can do to make sure that your septic system stays up and running at peak performance. This article will cover just a few ways to maintain a healthy septic system.

Make Sure You Keep Your Septic Field Clear

When it comes to your septic field, you need to make sure that it is not obstructed in any way. Many people do not even know where their septic tank or septic drain field is. The first thing that you can do is to find where you tank and field are. Once you have them clearly marked out, make sure that you do not obstruct them in anyway. Don't park cars or build any structures on it. You may find that if you have been having septic problems it is because this field is being used improperly. 

Understand That Bacteria Are Key to Proper Septic System Function

You may have had a clogged drain that you needed to get rid of. You have seen the commercials for those chemicals that can blast right through a clogged drain. Well it is true that these chemicals can blast through a clogged drain, but it is important to note that they can do a lot of damage as well. In order for your septic system to work properly, there are different cultures of bacteria that are breaking down the sewage. Those harsh chemicals that are blasting through the clog are also blasting through and killing a lot of those bacteria. If you do not have any bacteria in your septic system, you do not have a septic system. It is much better to use a drain snake to get rid of the clog.

Put a Trash Can by the Toilet

One of the best things that you can do to keep a properly functioning septic system is by putting a trash can by the side of the toilet. This is a simple way of telling your guests not to put things in the toilet that do not belong there. Put trash in the trash can. Toilet paper and sewage are the only things that should ever enter a septic system. 

For more advice on maintaining your septic system, talk to a professional like Goodman Septic Services.