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Most people don’t really give their septic system much thought—-it’s out of sight, out of mind. It isn’t until you’re having problems with your septic system, that you begin to realize the damage you’re accidentally causing.
Now that the new year is here, there’s never been a better time to start being more considerate of how you treat your septic system. The Economy Septic Tank System team discusses the top four ways you can elongate your septic system’s life so you can avoid costly repairs and replacements in the future.
Reduce Water Waste
All your home’s wastewater must be processed through your septic tank system, but every system has the maximum amount of waste it can handle. On average, your system can handle 95 liters of wastewater daily per person, but it may vary from system to system. If you have too much wastewater at once, it can damage your septic system in various ways. For example, too much sewage can cause damaged pipes or a complete system breakdown.
Luckily, there are a few ways you can reduce water waste. Taking shorter showers, for example, can be a great way to reduce the amount of wastewater flowing through your septic system. If you’re looking to go even further, ensure you’re not overusing your dishwasher unless it’s full, and spread laundry days out across the week, so your system isn’t overworked.
Avoid Flushing the Wrong Items
When it comes to your septic system, it’s only designed to handle septic waste and nothing more. Other items like toilet paper aren’t an issue, but anything more than that and you’re putting your septic system at risk for various problems.
Diapers, wet wipes, and towels can harm your septic system. Moreover, you should avoid putting these items as well as chemicals, cigarette butts, and other seemingly harmless items down the drain. If you’re not careful about what you flush, you may end up with a clogged toilet or outgoing sewer line blockage.
Schedule Routine Inspections
You don’t want to find out about issues with your septic system once it’s too late. We recommend you have your system inspected by a professional every 2-5 years. Having someone check and pump out your system ensures nothing is stuck or built up in the tank, and your system is functioning as it should.
At Economy Septic Tank Service, we offer stress-free, affordable septic tank maintenance. With over 40 years of experience, our team of professionals are experts in finding potential problems before they turn into full-fledged fiascos. Additionally, we can provide you with information about further elongating your system’s lifespan and other preventative measures for your specific system.
Steer Clear of Obstructing Your Drain Field
Your drain field is a vital part of your septic system and helps filter out contaminants from the wastewater being flushed through your septic system. Making sure that you keep it free of obstructions is highly important for the functionality of your system. We advise you to park at least 10-20 feet from your septic system, avoid heavy landscaping on top of the system, and find other spots for heavy outdoor furniture.
Keep Your Septic System in Good Health for Years to Come
At Economy Septic Tank System Service, we understand it’s easy to forget about the health of your septic tank system. But, this New Year, we hope you make resolutions to take the best care of your home’s septic system. With just a few easy efforts, you can better manage your septic tank and keep it in tip-top shape for years to come. If you need to schedule septic tank maintenance, don’t hesitate to call our team.
Your Trusted Septic Tank Experts in Northern Alabama
Whether you need to schedule regular maintenance or want to learn about extending your system’s longevity, Economy Septic Tank Service can help. With years of experience and certified team members, our technicians can tackle any septic system problem. Call us at (256) 294-1924 or contact us online today!