Your home septic system will hold up very well for a very long time if you take the necessary precautions about what you send down the drains and treat the system right. Here, you'll find some information that'll help you keep your home septic system operating as it should for as long as possible before it needs repairs.
Nothing but Human Waste and TP
The best way to ensure that nothing goes down the drains that will mess up the system is to keep a basic rule in mind – don't send anything but water, human waste, and toilet paper down the toilets and drains. It's very simple, the things that you send into the septic system have to be able to break-down naturally with nothing more than some bacteria to help it along. If you send things like tampons and cigarette butts into the system, the system will begin to get bogged down with things that won't deteriorate – this will result in necessary pumping of the tank sooner than it should be.
The more non-human waste you send into the system, the thicker the pile of stuff in the bottom of the holding tank – this means that it will hold less liquids and cause the pump to run much more often than it should. The end result, premature tank pumping and likely pump failure.
Pay Attention to the Grass
The grass growing around the holding tank and the drain field, sand mound, or leech bed will tell you if the system is operating like it should. Your grass should grow evenly throughout your yard. If you notice that there's patches of grass around the areas of the septic system that are growing in much thicker and greener than the surrounding areas, there's like a leak somewhere in the system where the grass is growing greener.
Don't let this problem persist. You don't want untreated septic water flowing into your yard. You will need to either dig up the system and find the leak yourself, or you can contact your septic repair professional to come out, find the leak and make the repairs for you – chances are, he'll have the equipment to get it done with the least amount of topsoil damage possible.
If you do these two things and keep up with having the tank emptied every three years or so, your system will remain in good shape and you won't have to worry about it backing up into the house anytime in the near future.
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