1. Watch your waste
Everything that you run through your garbage disposal or flush down the toilet will end up in your septic tank. Items to avoid flushing down the toilet include flushable wipes, diapers, paper towels, coffee grounds, etc. You should never pour drain cleaners down your kitchen sink or cooking grease/oil. Limit your use of the garbage disposal by throwing solid food waste away in a garbage can.
2. Avoid planting trees close to the septic tank
Tree roots are notorious for ruining sewer pipes, and can cause significant damage to septic tanks as well. Roots can actually grow into the tank over time, causing major leaks. They can also wrap themselves around the pipes and break them. Keep trees at a safe distance and have any trees removed that are too close to your septic system.
3. Know the signs of septic tank problems
For example, if you start noticing a faint foul odor or mushy spots in your lawn above the septic tank area, something is leaking. Or if your toilets and/or sinks are starting to back up, there’s probably a clog somewhere. As soon as you notice one of these problems call your septic tank repair service immediately. They can also give you further guidelines on problems to watch for.
4. Keep good records
Your records should include a diagram of your septic system and location. Also keep records of all inspections and maintenance that have been completed. This will help the service company quickly diagnose any unusual problems much faster. And if you decide to sell your home, the new owners will have a good idea of what condition the septic tank is in.
5. Have your tank inspected and pumped frequently
Have a professional service come out to perform regular inspections and pump out your tank is one of the best, and easiest, ways to keep your septic tank running smooth.
Septic tanks don’t have to be a major hassle. Keeping the five basic care tips listed above in mind, your septic tank can give you years of reliable service with little hassle.