Septic Tips To Think About
Septic tanks have proven to be very useful for homeowners, but at the same time, if not properly maintained and used, they can become a homeowner’s worst nightmare. But do not worry, with these septic tips you’ll be able to prevent a big mess!
How Septic Systems Work
Septic tanks use bacteria to break down waste and depend on a natural process of bacterial reproduction for proper function. The waste separates into liquid and solid inside the tanks. The bacteria treat the wastewater so that it can be transferred to a drain field.
Potential Septic Problems
When the bacteria in the septic tank cannot break down everything that is entering, the potential for overflow or leakage increases. It’s very important that you know everything that is entering the septic tanks. Septic systems, though having become very sophisticated, can be rendered useless or problematic by simple clogs. There is also a risk of corroding the piping. These can cause an unexpected, and unwanted, release of waste into the environment.
What Is Not Septic Safe
Everything has its proper place and function, so the best septic tip is that you should avoid allowing these 3 into your tanks:
Large Objects: Do Not Flush Large Items! A toilet is not a trash can. Large items can clog piping and may not be broken down into the septic tank.
Garbage Disposals: Most garbage disposals are connected to septic systems. Even though they mechanically grind the waste before it goes into the septic tank, the waste may still prove too much for the bacteria to handle. Garbage disposals are for what you could not avoid entering the drain, not to dispose of everything you can in it.
Chemical Cleaners: Many chemicals are made strong so that they clean well, but they can corrode the piping. They may also interfere with the natural reproduction process of bacteria. Fewer bacteria means less waste is broken down which can cause overflow or clogging. But of course, you need to clean. There are organic or non-corrosive alternatives that you can use.
It’s always best to spend a small amount of time and money in order to prevent wasting a lot of time and money. Walk to the trash can; dispose elsewhere; buy safer cleaners. Simple septic tips that can help prevent a huge headache.
Septic Maintenance Will Save You Money
A functioning septic system is something you don’t even think about on a daily basis. You flush your toilet; the system takes over from there. But don’t let this fool you. Failure to keep up with septic maintenance can cause big problems and big bills.
Kline Services strongly recommends a three-step preventative maintenance program. With regular pumping, bacterial additives, and the installation of a filter, you can avoid a lot of problems. Experts say the number one reason for septic system failure is a lack of preventative maintenance. So what does this maintenance do?
Pumping the septic tank makes sure it doesn’t get too full and removes the top layer, which is made up of fats and oils that don’t break down. If the tank is overfull, showers and sinks will drain slowly, and it can even cause sewage to back up into the house. Without regular servicing, build-up will form in the tank that is difficult to remove. If this buildup gets bad enough, it can even mean you have to replace the tank.
Even worse, without regular septic maintenance, solids can flow into the pipes of the leach field, clogging them permanently. The overflow caused by this can bubble up to the surface, creating a swampy mess. It can also contaminate the water table, affecting wells and streams. The leach field pipes must be replaced in this case.
If you wait to take care of your septic system until there are problems, it is always going to cost more and be more of a hassle than preventing them in the first place. Some issues can force you to replace the entire system, at a cost of $20,000 or more.
Fortunately, the professionals at Kline’s Services are experts at septic maintenance. Contact us, and let us help you avoid expensive problems down the road.