How to Keep Your Septic System in Working Order

Owning a septic system on your property comes with a certain amount of responsibility. While septic systems are a safe, efficient way to deal with your household’s wastewater – there are some things to keep in mind.

Get it Pumped Regularly

A delicate bacteria balance is located in your septic tank that works 24/7 to break down solid waste. However, this bacteria does not eliminate everything in your tank. Because of that, your septic tank slowly fills up. To keep your septic tank at a safe capacity, it’s essential to get it pumped regularly. A professional septic company will use a large truck and hose to pump out your tank during a pumping session. This should be done every 1-3 years, depending on your tank and household size.

Be Mindful of Your Water Usage

Most American households use around 70 gallons of water per person, per day. In comparison, one leaky faucet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day. Keep in mind that every drop of water your household sends down the pipes ends up in your septic system. Therefore, the more water you intentionally conserve, the less water enters your septic tank. Using your water efficiently reduces the risk of septic tank problems.

Have Toilet Flushing Rules

Again, everything you flush down your toilet ends up in your septic tank. Anything other than human waste and toilet paper could cause major problems to your septic system. Never flush the following:

  • Baby Wipes
  • “Flushable” Wipes
  • Feminine Hygiene Products
  • Paper towels
  • Diapers

Flushing these products could lead to significant septic problems and backups.

The best way to ensure your septic system is always running the way it should is to have a professional septic company on standby. Affordable Pumping Services is here for all your septic needs! Give us a call today.