Tips On Maintaining A Septic System

1 September 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

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If you have a septic system, then it is important that you understand how it works and how to keep it working in pristine condition. Here are some tips that you should consider:

Watch What Goes Down the Drain

You want to keep track of everything that goes down the sink, toilet, and bath drains. While you generally only want to flush down organic waste, there are a couple of things that you absolutely never want to put into your septic tank.

First, you don't want to flush chemicals down the drain unless they are specifically approved for septic tank usage. You probably know that septic tanks operate by using helpful bacteria to break down waste over time. Therefore, you want to keep these bacteria alive and well. Many chemicals can kill those bacteria, which will ultimately make your septic tank nothing more than a glorified tank of filth and water in the ground. Try to avoid flushing any chemicals that might upset the balance of bacteria in your septic tank.

Second, it's a bad idea to flush plastics or paper materials that are not designed for toilets (basically everything but toilet paper). These materials generally won't break down and will sit in your septic tank for a very long time, clogging it up and reducing its efficiency. 

Finally, although it may seem like an okay idea to flush your food scraps down the drain every once in a while, you don't want to do that. Grease, fats, and other elements of food will rapidly increase the size of the scum layer in your septic tank. The faster the scum layer increases, the more often you will need to have a professional cleaning of your septic tank from a company like Lutzky Contracting. This also means that you should refrain from using the garbage disposal in your sink, if at all possible.

Be Careful About Your Water Usage

Some appliances and tools around the house can use quite a bit of water. You want to keep an eye on certain devices that introduce chemicals into the water, such as water softeners.

Any device that purifies your water on a large scale will probably have an adverse effect on your septic tank. The same chemicals that are used to remove minerals from water can also kill off large quantities of the helpful bacteria in your septic tank. If you cannot find a water softener system that is built for septic tanks, you might not want to buy one at all.