It’s been said before, and we will say it again: “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!” One of the most important aspects of owning a septic tank is also knowing how to maintain one to avoid costly and messy emergencies. While there are many companies out there selling additives and other potions to make your septic tank more efficient, there are far better ways to spend your time and money, and get the same results. Here are a few septic tank maintenance tips straight from our owner, Sam:
- Watch what you flush! This might be the most important tip when it comes to septic tank maintenance! You cannot just flush anything you like and expect no consequences. Things like bleach can kill the good bacteria in your tank, leading to clogs. Things like feminine hygiene products, wet wipes, baby wipes, diapers, condoms, cotton swabs, and anything else that isn’t waste or toilet paper should not be flushed.
- Get regularly scheduled, professional septic tank maintenance. When you have a regularly scheduled professional septic tank maintenance check, a professional can tell you if you’re running your tank a little high and will need pumping sooner. Additionally, professionals can check for other common issues and give you a better idea of the condition of your septic tank.
- Know your locations. For proper septic tank maintenance, you need to know where everything is. Know the location of your septic tank and drain field and protect these areas from heavy objects and trees, both of which can crush or break into the system.