Posted on: 8 July 2018
Septic tanks are necessary for rural areas where community sewer systems are not available for processing household wastewater. They protect the groundwater quality as well as protecting the health of local residents. However, new homeowners in rural areas often love their septic system until the day something goes wrong, and they have to call out a plumber.
To avoid excess maintenance and repair costs to your home's septic system, here are some tips you should follow.
Tip: Educate Yourself and Your Family About Living in a Home with a Septic Tank
One of the best things you can do to protect your new home's septic tank is to educate yourself and your family about living in a house with one. For example, there are many small changes you can make as a family that will go a long way towards preventing damage to the system, including:
- preventing system flooding by spacing out showers and loads of laundry
- preventing system clogging by never disposing of food waste, grease, or feminine hygiene products down household drains
- preventing leach line or leach field damage by staying off of these areas in your yard
In addition, it is important to avoid using harsh cleaning chemicals in your home because as they will be washed down the drain and enter the septic tank. Many household cleaning chemicals are toxic to the healthy bacteria living in the septic tank and bio-digesting its solid waste.
Tip: Stay on Top of Plumbing Repairs and Fix Water Leaks Immediately
Leaking faucets or toilets waste water and increase your power bills for pumping the water out of your well. In addition, any excess water flowing into your home's septic tank causes it to work overtime to process the added wastewater load. Since even the smallest plumbing leaks will add many gallons of water unnecessarily into the septic system, you need to actively monitor your home's plumbing and make timely repairs of any leaks you find. A toilet or faucet leaking for one day is too long where your septic system is concerned!
Tip: Save a Bit of Money Each Month for Upcoming Septic System Maintenance and Repairs
While it is great not having a bill each month for a connection to a community sewer system, it is important to remember that in exchange you are 100% responsible for the future upkeep and repairs your home's septic system requires. For this reason, you should set aside a bit of money each month into your savings account and flag it for future septic system needs. By doing so, you will ensure the cash is readily available when your septic tank backs up, or you need to have new leach lines installed.
For more information, contact your local septic tank pumping service.Share