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If you’re like most people, you probably don’t spend too much time thinking about your septic system. You just know it’s a big tank and some pipes, buried somewhere out there in your yard.
Am I right?
But let me remind you of this…… Your septic system is actually one of the most VITAL components of your entire home. If it fails, you’re “up shit creek without a paddle” as they say.
When a septic system fails, we’re not just talking about a stinky soggy lawn. We’re also talking about things like….
* contamination of your (and your neighbors’) drinking water source, and any nearby streams or ponds,
* a variety of related health risks due to waterborne diseases, and
* extreeeeeemely expensive repairs – It’s not uncommon to have to dig up the entire septic system, leach field and all!
So although you may not spend too much time thinking about how your septic system actually works, that doesn’t mean you can’t do just three very simple things to maintain it properly. And don’t worry, you don’t have to go anywhere near your septic tank!
# 1: Use a Monthly Septic Tank Treatment Product.
The EASIEST & MOST EFFECTIVE WAY to keep your septic system healthy and avoid backups between pumpings is to use a monthly septic tank treatment product. And don’t worry, they’re not expensive!!!
When choosing the right product, it’s important to understand a bit more about how your septic systems work. The natural bacteria in your septic tank produce enzymes that decompose different types of waste and reduce solids. This is why adding a chemical treatment product is a really bad idea! The chemicals actually end up killing the beneficial bacteria, not to mention they can sometimes even harm your drain lines, and can even contaminate your yard.
We highly recommend using an all-natural bacteria treatment product, and the one that we offer comes in easy-flush dissolvable packets! Each packet contains billions of beneficial bacteria cultures that are scientifically selected to produce, activate, and recharge the enzymes responsible for breaking down the solid waste in your septic tank, and even out into the leach field. The result? A happier, healthier, and better functioning septic tank!
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# 2: Watch What You Put Down Your Drains.
The natural process of the bacteria working to break down waste in your septic system is miraculous, to say the least. Therefore, it’s counter-productive for you to constantly pour harsh chemicals down the drains, or flush certain things down your toilet. Below we have created a “No-No” list, so that you can start to get an idea of what your septic tank doesn’t particularly like to host. Keep in mind, it’s unreasonable to expect that none of these items will make their way into your septic tank… I mean, you’re human, right? Just try to minimize them as much as possible, and compensate by adding the monthly bacteria treatment packets as mentioned above.
Sinks / Showers Drain No-Nos
- Drain Cleaners
- Coffee Grounds
- Cooking Oil
- Excess Grease
- Antibacterial Soaps (high usage)
- Prescription Medicine
- Strong Liquor (ex: Whiskey)
- Epsom Salts
- Paints of Any Kind
- Paint Thinner
- Furniture Polish
- Other Harsh Chemicals
- Cigarette Butts / Filters
- Disposable Baby-Wipes
- Kitty Litter
- Latex Products (condoms, gloves)
- Panty Liners / Sanitary Napkins
- Paper Towels
- Dental Floss
- Cotton Swabs
Washer Machine Related No-Nos
- High-Phosphate or Concentrated Detergents
- Fabric Softeners
- Clothes Dryer Sheets
- Dryer Lint
# 3: Get it Pumped According to Schedule.
Use the below chart to figure out the frequency that you should have a professional septic pumping company come to your house and remove the built-up solids from your tank.
For example, if you have a 1500 gallon tank, and 4 people living in your house, then you should have your tank pumped every 4.2 years.
Keep in mind though that this schedule can be slightly adjusted based on how you maintain your septic tank. For example, if you properly maintain your tank – by watching what you put down your drain and by using a monthly treatment packet additive – then you may be able to extend this schedule. On the other hand, if you ignore or poorly maintain your system, you will likely need to have even more frequent pumpouts than what’s written on this schedule.
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