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3 Ways To Maintain Your Septic Tank

by Jurjen Zandvliet

Maintaining a septic system isn't as easy as it may sound. There are several things you need to think about to make sure that your septic system stays healthy and in working order. A septic tank that isn't working well can mean that you end up with several thousand dollars in repair or replacement costs. 

Pump the Tank

Pumping your tank is an important part of septic tank maintenance. Over the years, sludge will build up in your tank. The sludge will block the outputs, so wastewater won't be able to work its way through the system. That will cause problems like flooded leach fields and slow drains. How often you get your tank pumped depends on how many people are in your house as well as how big your tank is. It is a good idea to have a septic tank service company come out and check your tank every couple of years and pump it if necessary. 

Don't Use Bleach

Bleach is used for many things besides laundry. However, it isn't a good thing for your septic tank. That's because there are anaerobic bacteria that live in your septic tank. Those bacteria help to digest the solids in your wastewater. If bleach gets into that system, it can kill all the bacteria. Dead bacteria means that nothing is being done about the solids in your tank and your tank could back up and flood. 

Save Water

Not only is saving water good for the environment, it's also good for your septic tank. There is only room for so much water in your tank at once. So, make sure that you don't have any leaks anywhere and don't do things like use the large load setting on your washer when you are only washing one thing. You should also think about not saving up all your laundry and doing it in one day. Spread it out some, so that your septic tank has some time to process all the water that you are putting into it. 

If you are having problems with your septic tank, you should never wait to see if anything you do fixes the problem. While it's a good idea to start taking better care of your septic tank if it's not working well, you need to get a professional out immediately to figure out what the problem is and fix it for you before it gets to bad. For more information, contact a local septic service company like Martin Septic Service Inc.