Here’s How to Maintain Your Septic Tank

If you want your septic tank to last for years to come, you need to maintain it. Simple tips and changes in your water use can make sure your tank will serve your home for decades to come.

Don’t Dispose of Chemicals Down the Drain

Your septic system relies on beneficial bacteria to break down waste. These helpful bacteria help break down solid waste and prevent clogs. Harsh chemicals like drain cleaners, nail polish remover, and bleach can kill them. Try not to dispose of these down the drains in your home.

Watch Out for Solid Waste

In the same vein, watch out for solids or anything that can clump up. These can include:

  • Cooking grease or oil
  • Garbage disposal waste
  • Baby or other nonflushable wipes
  • Cat litter
  • Paper towels
  • Menstrual hygiene items

These can be difficult or impossible to break down, and they will linger until your next pumping.

Keep Your Drain Field Clear

Your septic system requires a leech field or drain field. This is where liquid waste travels through a series of perforated pipes to be filtered by the soil. It’s important that this area is kept clear so it can function properly. Don’t park vehicles on or drive over your field. Clear out any bushes, trees, or other plants with deep roots. Those roots can grow into the pipes and cause them to clog up. You can grow flowers or other plants with shallow root systems to help prevent erosion in that part of your lawn.

Manage Your Water Usage

If you’re on a sewer system you don’t really need to worry about how much water goes down your drain. That’s not the case with a septic system! If you send too much wastewater into the tank, it can fill up. This means that waste can start backing up your drains until it can drain. Make sure you space out washing clothes or running the dishwasher.

Get Regular Maintenance

Regular maintenance will help keep your septic tank working properly. You’ll need to have your tank pumped every two years depending on the size of your tank and household. During this time, it’s important that you check for leaks in the tank, pipes, and drain field. If your tank is constantly dealing with leaks or other problems it may be time for a new one.

Get Started the Right Way

If your tank is getting on in years or having regular problems, it may be time for a new installation. We’re here to help! Call us today at Brown Aerobic in Houston, TX, and let us install your new septic tank so you don’t need to stress.