While septic systems don’t require complicated maintenance techniques, the system can still clog and malfunction due to your and your family’s daily habits. To prevent costly septic tank repairs, below are a few do’s and don’ts of septic tank care that you can follow.
Only flush toilet paper and biodegradable wipes.
Septic tanks include bacteria that are designed to break down toilet paper, biodegradable materials, and natural waste. Any other items, such as feminine hygiene products or tissues, will not decompose properly in the tank and could lead to blockages or plumbing backups.
Inspect the septic system annually.
Septic systems are fairly low maintenance, but you do need to at least inspect all of the components annually to make sure they’re in proper working order. This will help you determine when pumping is necessary and if you need any other types of repairs or preventative care.
Pour grease down your drains.
Grease can lead to backups or clogs in all plumbing systems, including the septic tank. Warm water causes the oil to clot. It then sticks to the side of pipes and collects debris as it’s flushed down the toilet or washed down the drain. This debris accumulates over time, causing severe blockages that require immediate septic tank care. Since the pipes are clogged, sewage can backup in your toilet, causing the home to smell and become uncomfortable.
Try to pump the tank yourself.
Septic pumping requires specialized equipment and safety gear. If you’re not trained and equipped with the proper gear, you could release harmful bacteria that could lead to a variety of health issues, like bacterial or viral infections. Instead, hire a professional team to perform an inspection to find the root of the problem and pump the tank as needed.
If you need assistance with your regular septic tank care, contact the professionals at Great Bear Septic Service. Serving New York’s Westchester, Putnam, and Southern Dutchess counties, the company offers a wide array of septic solutions, from pumping to sewer cleaning. This septic company is known for its reliability, attentiveness, and efficiency. Call (845) 621-0250 to schedule septic tank maintenance or visit their website to view a full list of their services.