3 Tips For Keeping Your Septic System In Good Condition

Posted on: 27 November 2017


Your septic system is an essential aspect of your home, because of this, it is important that you take excellent care of it. This ensures that all of your plumbing functions as it should, and it also helps to increase the life of your septic tank. There are certain things that you can do keep your septic system in good condition, and three of them will be discussed here:

Be Careful What You Flush Down Your Toilet 

A lot of people are not educated on what they should or shouldn't be flushing down their toilet. If you consider this, and the fact that children generally think that a toilet is a free for all, you can run into a lot of septic system issues if you are not being careful what you flush down it. You should only be flushing toilet paper down your toilet, and this shouldn't be in large amounts at one time. If you use wipes when using the restroom, you either need to purchase flushable wipes, or you need to make sure you throw the used wipes into your trash can. Things like cotton balls, dirty diapers, tampon applicators, and pads should also be thrown in the trash, rather than flushed down the toilet. 

Reduce Your Water Use 

The more water that you use each day, the more water is running through your septic tanks. This can cause them to deteriorate more quickly; it can create build up on the side of the pipes, increase the risk of clogs, increased the risk of back-ups and flooding, etc. All of these things will essentially decrease the life of your septic system collectively, causing it to need to be repaired or replaced. Thankfully, reducing your water use is very doable. You should only run the dishwasher when you have a full load. Some other tips include choosing the correct load size when washing clothes, not flushing the toilet every time that you pee, not running the water the entire time you are brushing your teeth, filling up the sink and then turn the water off when doing dishes, watering your lawn at night or in the early morning, etc. These small things can make a huge difference in your overall water use, allowing you to reduce the water flowing into your septic system. 

Steer Rain Water Away From Your Septic Tank 

If you have been receiving a lot of rain, this can cause your septic tank to flood. This is due to the combination of your regular water use and the additional water from the rain. Thankfully, there are certain things that you can do to reduce the risk of flooding. By steering your rain water from your septic tank, you can avoid this problem. This can be done with the help of gutters, trenches, and slanted landscaping. 

Contact a company like Linn Septic Service for more information and assistance.