septic system care


septic system care
Septic Systems and How They Work

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Septic System Care

Ways to Prolong the Life of Your Septic System

There are many ways to prolong the life of your septic system and lengthen the period between pumpings. Household water use directly controls how quickly waste travels through a conventional system. Wastewater that enters the tank requires time to allow the solids to settle to the bottom. The higher the volume of water that is introduced to the system, the less opportunity the wastewater has to settle in the holding tank and the less opportunity the bacteria have to break down the solids. Therefore, limiting the use of water in the home will go far in prolonging the life of the system.

Watch What Goes Down the Drain

Controlling what goes into the water that enters the system is just as important as reducing the amount of water that flows into the system. Never dispose of toxic or hazardous chemicals by dumping them down the drain as they have the potential to contaminate groundwater. Refrain from putting any plastic, cloth, or unnecessary paper products into the sewage system. Avoid using garbage disposals as they accelerate the accumulation of solids in the holding tank. Especially avoid putting any grease or oil in the disposal or drain. These can clog pipes and drain field soil and damage your system.

SOME DOS AND DON'TS FOR SEPTIC SYSTEM OWNERS

DO
DON'T
PUT THESE ITEMS INTO THE SYSTEM
Pump the tank every 2 - 5 years Fats or greases
Keep maps and drawings of the system Fuels or motor oil
Keep maintenance records Plastic objects or disposable diapers
  Caustic soda, acids, copper sulphate or chemical cleaners
Coffee grounds, egg or nut shells
Filter tip cigarettes
Sanitary napkins or Tampax
Paper towels or rags
Paints, solvents, waxes, polish
Pesticides, poisons, or hazardous wastes.
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