2 Things To Think About When You Have Your First Septic Tank

Posted on: 7 December 2016

If you have just moved into your first house with a septic system, you may not realize that you need to take care of it and make sure basic maintenance gets done on it. If you don't do those things, you are likely to end up with a clogged or overflowing septic tank and an expensive repair bill. But, it doesn't take a lot of effort on your end to do everything you can to make sure that your septic system works well. 

Toilet Paper

You may not think that your toilet paper is a big choice, but it can affect your septic tank. That's because the bacteria in your tank have to break down the solids that get flushed into the system. Toilet paper that is good for septic systems tends to be able to be broken down a little quicker so the paper isn't blocking your septic tank. While you are thinking about your toilet paper, it's important to pay attention to other things that shouldn't be flushed down into your septic tank. You should avoid flushing any feminine hygiene products or "flushable" wipes down into the septic tank. They take too long to break down and can collect in the septic tank, helping to create a build up. 

Septic Tank Pumping

One basic maintenance job you need to make sure gets done to your septic tank is to get it pumped out. What this means is that a septic tank repair company is going to come out to your house. They will bring a big truck with a tank on the back that is attached to a vacuum hose. The service tech is going to open up your septic tank, drain it out, and start pumping out all the sludge that is built up on the bottom. That sludge is a normal function of your septic tank, but if you go too long without having it pumped out, your tank won't be able to drain from one chamber to the next, and any waste water that gets put into your plumbing system will either back up into your drains or end up in your yard. How often you need to have your tank pumped depends on the size of your tank and how many people are using it. You may want to have a service company, like DAN'S ALL AMERICAN PLUMBING LLC, come out and inspect your tank to make sure it doesn't need to get pumped out immediately. 

If you have a septic tank for the first time, you need to know that there are some things you need to do to make it work well.