The septic system is designed to collect and dispose off human waste and drain water. The leach field, also called the drainfield, absorbs the wastewater that leaves the tank. When the septic tank is not maintained, there is a high chance that it can get clogged, creating a toxic environment. Regular maintenance is the only way to prevent this disastrous scenario.
Take a look at what is involved in maintaining your septic tank.
Pump the Tank Regularly
Do not wait until the drainfield is soggy or the sewage is backing up into your home. Instead establish a septic tank pumping and inspection routine. Typically, the tank should be pumped and inspected every two to five years, depending on the usage. If the usage is heavy, opt for more frequent pumping and inspection. This will keep your tank healthy and prevent backups and soggy leach field.
Pump The Tank Annually If You Use Garbage Disposal
If you have installed a garbage grinder in your kitchen, it is prudent to pump the tank every year. This is because the ground waste, such as bone and meat scraps and cellulose from vegetables do not dissolve in the tank. This can cause your tank or drainfield to clog. Many septic experts state that it is best to remove the garbage grinder and use kitchen waste to make compost. This increases the life of the septic tank.
Install A Septic Tank Outlet Filter
Floating particles, hair and other lightweight particles can enter the leach field, causing it to clog. However, you can prevent this from happening by installing a filter at the septic outlet. This filter will catch these floating, lightweight particles. If you worry about grease then look for a filter that can trap floating grease with ease along with other small and light particulate matter.
Refrain from Using Disinfecting Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaners
Everyone wants their toilet bowl to be always clean and hygienic. However, using automatic release disinfectants in your toilet bowl can wreak havoc with your septic system. The chemicals, especially bleach and other acidic compounds, will kill the beneficial bacterial in the system. These bacteria break down the waste. This is also the reason why you should stay away from harsh household cleaners. While you may not be able to completely stop using these cleaners, it is best to minimize their usage.
Don’t Add Synthetic Additives to the Septic System
The septic system does not need any additive. Human waste contains sufficient amount of bacteria to ensure it is broken down. These bacteria are helped by the naturally present microorganisms in the soil. If you use additives, they will remove solids from the tank but into the leach field. As a result, the drainfield will get clogged, causing the system to fail.
When it comes to septic tank maintenance, it is best to hire a professional plumber so that they can carry out a thorough inspection and take the necessary steps to prevent a complete disaster.