4 Tips to Take Care of Your Septic Tank

Maintaining the septic tank in your home or office may seem like an overwhelming and stinky task, but it is really not. Taking care of your unit is not complicated and does not have to cost you a lot of money. NOT taking care of it, however, could hurt your pocket in the end. So here are maintenance tips you can do to help extend the service life of your unit.

  1. Pump the septic tank regularly.

Here’s the rule of thumb: you need to have it pumped every two years or every five years. The interval depends on the size of the unit, the number of people in the house or office, and the type of waste that is put into the system.

  1. Inspect the unit for leaks.

In most cases, it is hard to detect any leaks in the tank because it is buried underground. The best time to check for leaks is when it is being pumped. But if the system is installed in a garden or yard, always keep an eye out for any areas around the tank where the grass is notably more lush or dense. It is a common indicator of a seeping septic tank because leaks provide ample nutrition for plant life. You may also watch out for unusual odor because a leaking unit can give off strong sewage smells. 

  1. Don’t treat your toilet like a trash bin.

What you put in your septic tank will affect its capability to do its job considerably. Never put in the following in your unit: paints and thinners, gasoline, pet litters, coffee grounds, diapers and napkins, cigarette butts, grease and oil, and chemicals. Apart from the wastes that come out of your body, the only thing that could be flushed down the toilet is toilet paper. It is designed to break down in the septic tank. Any other items will definitely clog and damage your system. 

  1. Keep accurate maintenance records.

Regardless of the type of maintenance that is implemented on the system, it is important to keep accurate records of the results. Any inspection findings that fall outside of the normal expectations for your system based on previous records can help to pinpoint any issues before they get too critical. Another good reason to keep detailed maintenance records of your septic tank is so that you have them available for any potential buyers if you decide to sell your property.

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