A septic system can be both a blessing and a curse, depending on how well you maintain it. Many older homes still use a septic tank and if you’re not familiar with how to keep your system running well, it’s time to learn.
Use Minimal Water
The more water goes through your pipes, the more strain is put on the septic tank. It’s important to monitor your water usage and to repair any leaky faucets immediately. If your toilet is running, this should be addressed immediately to prevent overloading the system.
You can also stagger laundry washing to avoid filling the tank too quickly. Using a shorter wash cycle can also help reduce potential issues and faucet aerators also lower the amount of water being used throughout the day.
Keep Rubbish in the Bin
When you have a septic system, you just can’t flush rubbish. Toilet roll can be used and flushed, of course. However, items such as feminine hygiene products or their packaging should not be flushed. You can’t flush diapers, paper towels, or wet wipes, either. None of these items will break down easily in the septic tank and can cause clogs.
Skip the Chemicals
Many toxic chemicals are particularly bad for your septic system, so you’ll need to be careful that any cleaners you use, including those you rinse in the sink are used in moderation.
Keep an Eye on Potential Issues
The best way to prevent a problem is to avoid flushing or rinsing anything that could cause issues in the system. You should also know what warning signs to keep an eye out for.
If water backs up or is slow to drain when washing clothes, taking a shower or flushing the loo, it may indicate that the tank is full and requires an empty.
Smelly puddles form near the drain field. There are a few reasons this could be happening, including an imbalance in the septic tank. You’ll need to call in a pro for this problem.
Sulphur smells emanate from the tank. No one likes to smell sewage, but it’s more than just a mild annoyance. If you notice a rotten egg scent coming from the septic tank or wafting up from the drains, you have an imbalance that needs to be seen to immediately.
Your septic tank should last for a very long time, if you maintain it and avoid filling it with too much water or garbage. It’s also a good idea to get a professional to empty the tank annually. They can warn you of potential issues and head off problems long before they become too smelly or messy.