Your septic tank is one part of your house that you probably don't think about until there's an emergency. However, your septic tank needs to be maintained in order to prevent overflows and other disastrous consequences. Here are four tips to help you maintain your septic tank to keep it working famously:
1. Have your septic tank cleaned if you move into an old house.
Older homes are great buys in many ways. They have history and character, often with interesting architecture. Unfortunately, you have no way of knowing whether or not the previous owner took good care of their septic system. When you move into a new house, it's a good idea to have the septic tank cleaned immediately in order to avoid unpleasant surprises down the line.
2. Don't waste water.
Wasting water is terrible for the environment, but it's also bad for your septic tank. Unlike homes that are connected to a central sewer system, houses that rely on septic tanks send all their wastewater directly into that system. That means leaving the tap on while you brush your teeth or taking extra-long showers will cause your septic tank to fill up more quickly. Impress on your family the importance of water conservation.
3. Get your septic tank pumped on schedule.
According to Angie's List, you shouldn't let more than two or three years pass without having your septic tank pumped. Failure to have your tank pumped can lead to overflows, which can cost you thousands of dollars to repair. While you can pump your septic tank yourself, remember that raw sewage is dangerous and carries many harmful bacteria and pathogens. Instead of handling septic sludge yourself, hire a professional septic service to pump and discard of the resultant waste.
4. Don't pour grease down the drain.
While you're cooking, it may seem perfectly natural to dump hot bacon fat or grease down the sink. While this fat is liquid at high temperatures, it will cool and become solid once it hits your septic tank. Over time, enough grease can clog your pipes, making it impossible for waste to filter into your septic system. When this happens, you may experience sewage backups in your toilet and sink, and you'll need to call a professional to remove the blockage. Avoid this potential problem by always pouring grease into a container or directly into the trashcan where it may be safely disposed of.