Septic Care Tips To Prevent Issues

Posted on: 21 June 2018

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Septic tanks require special maintenance and care. If you aren't taking care of your septic tank, you may end up with issues such as a clog, septic overflow or other types of issues. If you aren't sure what steps to take to prevent costly repairs, read on for helpful tips to guide you.

Prevent Clogs

Clogs can cause a big problem for your tank and for the drainage pipes in your home as well. Prevent clogs by:

  • Using toilet paper that is made for sensitive tanks such as one-ply or RV toilet paper.
  • Using good bacteria to clean your tank. Good bacteria and enzyme-containing products should be used in order to eat up the solids in the septic tank.
  • Making sure to use drain stops in all of the drains in your home to prevent any larger particles from going down you drain.
  • Not putting anything down your drain that could cause clogs, such as paint, oil, grease and other fats.

Watch For Warning Signs

Keep an eye out for clogs in your drain and watch for the signs such as slow drainage, fowl smells coming from your drains, backups coming up in floor drains or other drains, and gurgling in the toilet when flushing, showering or washing clothing, . If you spot any sign of a clog in your home, it's important to get someone to your home right away to inspect your drains and your septic tank to see where the problem is and to make the necessary repairs.

Have Your Tank Emptied

Make sure to have your septic tank emptied when needed. Don't wait to have your tank emptied when you notice a problem such as when you see greener grass above your septic tank or when you notice a large amount of water in the leach field or above the septic tank. This can be a big problem and a really big mess for you. It's often a good idea to have your tank emptied at least once per year. It may need to be emptied more often depending on how many people you have in your home and how much waste is going into your tank. More people and more waste will mean more frequent emptying is necessary.

A septic tank requires special care and maintenance to prevent costly repairs. If you are experiencing any problems with your septic tank, call septic tank repair services for help with the repair and for other maintenance tips.