The Secrets to a Healthy Septic Tank

If you want your septic tank system to remain healthy and to function properly, you must do what is necessary to keep it in good condition. Blocked drains can be a big headache and they can also cost you a lot of money. Keeping your septic system healthy does not require that you attend to it every single day and you do not need to spend large amounts of money on it, you just have to be aware of the many things which can cause problems and you refrain from doing these things.

In order to help homeowners everywhere, we are going to divulge the secrets to a healthy septic tank.

Most of the things which people do to their septic tank system are actually causing more harm than good. One of these things is the use of household cleaning products which actually kill useful bacteria in the septic system. The excessive use of these products will contribute to the failure of your septic tank because the bacteria needed to break down waste will be reduced greatly in numbers.  Refrain from doing over 5 loads of laundry in a week using bleach.  Powdered detergents should also be avoided because they contain non-biodegradable fillers which can clog the system.

Some people use a separate system for their washing machine thinking that it will help them avoid blocked drains and septic system problems. However, this is not a good idea at all. It is better for washing machines to discharge into the regular system because there are bacteria which can help in the breakdown of various particles. Bacteria get their “food” from the wastewater and not from the detergent. Without wastewater, these bacteria will not survive.

Make sure that you use a garbage disposal system for solids. Your septic tank system is not a waste receptacle. It will not be able to accommodate solids at all. Solids must be thrown to the garbage bin. Do not flush napkins, diapers, condoms and other non-biodegradable products.

Refrain from dumping oils, solvents, pesticides, poisons, disinfectants and paint down the drain. This can disrupt the treatment process and contaminate ground water, as well, if the groundwater is contaminated, it could lead to a big problem in the community and you could end up spending thousands for hospitalizations. Never cover the absorption or drain field with hard surfaces such as concrete. If the drain field is unable to absorb water, you will be faced with a lot of problems.

If your system fails, a tune-up should be able to fix it. A tune-up will include cleaning the drain field lines, installing effluent filters and pumping the tank. After a tune-up, there may also be a need to fracture the soil. Fracturing the soil means inserting a hollow tube into the soil.  A blast of air is then injected, creating various tiny fissures in the soil. These fissures will then allow draining. However, if the damage is irreparable, a replacement will be necessary and this could mean spending a lot of money.

 

 

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