If you have a septic system, it is important to know how to properly look after it. This will help prevent issues such as blockages. Here is an overview of what you should know to keep your system running as efficiently as possible.
It is important to have your septic system inspected at least once every three years. The tank also needs to be pumped at least every three to five years. If you have a system with electrical float switches or mechanical systems, then this should be looked at on a more regular basis, preferably at least once a year.
The amount of septic tank pumping you can do will vary depending on how large your property is, the amount of wastewater that you generate, how much solid waste is produced, and the size of your septic tank.
Don’t Waste Water
A leaky toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water every day. Reducing the amount of water that goes into the septic system makes it more efficient and reduces the chances of the system failing. It also helps to be proactive – replacing older toilets with more energy-efficient models can reduce wasted water as can replacing taps and showerheads.
Don’t Flush Wet Wipes Down the Toilet
People often make the mistake of thinking they can dispose of waste in the toilet, sink, or garbage disposal. However, this can all end up in the septic system so it should be avoided. Remember to dispose of items where they should be disposed.
Don’t Use the Wrong Cleaning Products
Septic sites contain living organisms that naturally dispose of waste. Be careful when using a cleaner as certain chemicals could potentially kill these organisms and thus reduce the efficiency of your septic system.
It is also important that you don’t pour cooking oil, solvents, or toxic cleaners down the drain. You should also minimize any latex paint poured down the sink.
Don’t Park on Your Drain field
The drain field is a vital part where the system removes contaminants. This area needs to be kept clear so you should not park your vehicle on this drain field, or plant any trees near this area while items such as roof dumps, sump pumps, and other drainage systems should be kept away from the area. This is because excessive water could slow down or even potentially stop the water process system so make sure that people in your household or anyone visiting your property knows how to avoid this area.
Call a Professional
Rowell’s Services can guide you in terms of what you need to keep your septic system running as effectively and efficiently as possible. With the right approach, it is possible to do this in a clean, effective, and efficient way. Call us when you need a septic company in New Hampshire to help take care of your tank with our expert septic services in Northfield.
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