4 Things Every Septic Tank Owner Should Know


A septic tank isn't a magical place where all of your waste goes away forever. It is an essential part of your plumbing system that needs to be cared for over time. Here are some things that you should know if you own a septic tank.

Septic Tank Problems Don't Resolve Themselves

The main mistake that people make is assuming that a problem with their septic tank will get better if they ignore it. For example, if a septic tank is not turning solid waste into sludge, it is likely due to not having enough bacteria in the tank to do so.  Ignoring the problem and putting more water in the tank to dilute that bacteria won't fix it, which is why you need to call a septic tank maintenance company to help fix it for you. It could involve pumping out the tank to give you a fresh start.

Trees Can Damage The Septic Tank

Think that it is a great idea to plant a tree in the wide-open space on your property where the septic tank is buried?  This can cause a problem later on when the roots start growing and come in contact with the tank. You do not want a septic tank or any of the plumbing going in and out of it to be damaged by tree roots. Try to keep those trees far away from the tank so that it is protected over the years. 

Garbage Disposals Can Cause Problems

Having a garbage disposal in your kitchen is a nice amenity to have, but it is tempting you to put more food waste down the drain than ever before.  You are more likely to fill your septic tank up with solid waste, even though you are grinding it up into small pieces. Consider removing the garbage disposal or only using it when necessary. 

Toilets Should Not Be Treated As Trash Cans

It may be tempting to use your toilet as a dumping ground for different kinds of waste, but you must realize that all of that waste goes into the septic tank.  For example, you may remove all of the hair from your hair brush and decide to throw it into the toilet rather than the trash can. That hair can build up and contribute to the solid waste in the tank.

These are just a few things that you should know as a septic tank owner. Your septic tank maintenance company can provide you with more maintenance tips that you should be doing. 


21 January 2020

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