FAQs About Maintaining A Septic System


Without proper maintenance, your septic system could experience problems that can prove costly to repair. Even though your system should be checked out by a professional on an annual basis, you still have to maintain it throughout the year. Here is what you need to know about your home's septic system. 

How Can You Maintain Your System?

Part of maintaining your septic system is being aware of what you can and cannot pour down your drains. For instance, pouring too many chemicals and cleaners, such as bleach, down the drains can be harmful to your septic. 

You also need to avoid putting cooking oil and other types of kitchen grease out of the drains. The oils can flow into the septic and harden as they cool. When this happens, they can clog the septic and cause problems. 

Other small debris, such as hair, can be damaging to your septic system. To protect it, consider installing an outlet screen on the tank. The screen helps to catch those items before they reach the disposal area of the system. If you do install a screen, it is important that you check and clean it periodically to remove the trapped debris. 

Too much water flowing into the septic system can overload it. To avoid this, try to pace your laundry schedule. Instead of washing all your clothes on one day, try to do only a load or two a day. Remember to look for laundry detergents that are considered biodegradable to protect your system. 

When Should the System Be Pumped?

One of the most important aspects of maintaining your septic system is ensuring that it is pumped when needed. Although your system is equipped with an alarm or light that alerts you when it is time, it is sometimes easy to overlook those warnings. However, there are signs that can alert you it is time to call your septic professional.

For instance, if the ground outside your home is soggy, it could be a sign that the system is full and needs to be pumped. You should also call a pro if you notice it takes longer for water to drain out or that the toilet in your home is backed up. 

One sign that is difficult to overlook is the smell. If there is an odor inside and outside your home, chances are it is time for your septic system to be checked and pumped. Contact a company like The Outhouse to have your tank pumped.


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