Living in a rural area means you most likely are not on a municipal sewer system, but instead depend on a septic system to serve your home. This means that you must do everything you can to maintain your system and keep it running as it should. There are certain chemicals and items that you should not place in your system, and there are certain maintenance procedures that need to be performed in order to keep your system problem free. Here is an overview on how to take care of your home's septic system.
What Not to Dump
Being on a septic system means you don't have to pay a water or sewer bill to your local municipality, but it also means money out the door if you don't take care of your system. Part of this care is ensuring that you don't dump the following down the drain:
- Avoid dumping cooking fats, coffee grounds, tissues, feminine products, diapers and other non-decomposable material into your septic system. These won't decompose, and will plug up your septic system.
- Use toilet tissue that is made specifically for septic systems in order for it to break up easily.
- Grease should not be dumped down the drain. Use an empty tin can to dispose of it instead.
- Keep an eye on your use of household chemicals. Detergents, drain cleaners, and other household chemicals when used routinely won't hurt the bacterial action inside of your septic tank, but avoid using excessive amounts.
Sticking to those simple rules can help keep your system trouble-free. If you don't, the bacteria in the stank can't decompose and you'll find your system filling up faster, as well as the possibility for a stench to linger outside around your septic tank.
Depending on your municipality's rules, the size of your tank, the number of family members that live in your home, as well as the climate you live in, you'll need to have your tank pumped out by a professional every few years. The volume of wastewater that goes into your tank also has a vital say as to how often your tank is pumped. If you are finding a foul odor, slow drainage and backed-up drains, those are all signs the tank needs pumping. Call a septic professional (such as those from Suc N Up Inc) for more information, as they can work with you to ensure when your tank needs to be pumped, and help you address any other issues you may have.