If you have a septic system, it is important to know how to properly operate it. Septic tanks can be tricky, and if they are not maintained properly, they can cause dramatic plumbing problems for your home. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of how septic systems work, as well as some of the do’s and don’ts of maintaining them.
Septic systems are used to treat and dispose of wastewater from homes or businesses that are not connected to a municipal sewer system. Septic systems typically consist of a septic tank and a leach field, also known as a drain field. Wastewater from your home flows into the septic tank, where it is treated by bacteria. The treated wastewater then flows out of the septic tank and into the leach field, where it is further treated by bacteria and eventually absorbed into the groundwater.
One of the most important things you can do to maintain your septic system is to have it pumped regularly. Septic tanks should be pumped every 3-5 years, or as needed. Pumping helps to remove the sludge and scum that builds up in the tank over time. If this build-up is not removed, it can eventually clog the leach field and cause your septic system to fail. You can check your septic tank levels yourself or have a professional come and do it.
Another important thing to remember is to never flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down your toilets. You should never flush things like feminine hygiene products, paper towels, or baby wipes. These items can clog your septic tank and leach field, causing your system to fail.
Finally, be sure to have your septic system inspected regularly. Septic systems should be inspected at least every 3 years by a qualified professional. Regular inspections can help to identify potential problems early on, before they cause major damage to your system.
By following these simple tips, you can help keep your septic system running smoothly for many years to come. If you have any questions about septic systems, or if you need to schedule a pumping or inspection, please contact us today. We would be happy to help!
Maintaining your septic system doesn’t have to be difficult – just remember to pump it regularly, don’t flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper, and have it inspected every few years. By following these simple tips, you can help keep your septic system running properly for many years to come.
With the holidays coming up, now is the perfect time to make sure your septic system is working properly and won’t interrupt the festivities. Plan ahead by scheduling a septic tank inspection before the family comes to town. Additionally, if you know someone with a septic system, why not give them the gift of peace of mind this year with a septic tank pumping or inspection? Contact High Priority Plumbing today to learn more!