For many people, having a septic tank is a way of life. These tanks need to be maintained on a regular basis in order to function. Septic tanks that are not maintained properly will have negative effects such as foul odors and damage to your property. For many people, having a septic tank is a way of life. These tanks need to be maintained on a regular basis in order to function. Septic tanks that are not maintained properly will have negative effects such as foul odors and damage to your property.
There are some things you should know about your septic tank maintenance.
Know When You Need Septic Tank Maintenance
There are a lot of factors that determine when you need to have your septic tank maintained. This includes the size of the tank if you have a garbage disposal, how many people are in your home, and how much water your family uses. On average a septic tank needs to be cleaned every two to three years. There are some signs that you need septic tank maintenance:
- Your septic tank equipment fails and your drains overflow into the home.
- There is a foul smell from the drains and by the septic tank itself.
- Your lawn is either exceptionally green (could be waste being drained onto the lawn) or it is soggy around the septic tank.
If you see any of these signs it is time to call Drane Ranger for septic tank maintenance.
Prevention is the Best Maintenance
One of the biggest reasons that you need septic tank maintenance is that people flush things that should not be put into the tank. Flushable wipes are often put down the tank, but in reality, no wipes are truly flushable. Other things that get flushed that can unbalance the PH system of your septic tank are:
- Gasoline-and any other petroleum products
- Cooling grease and automotive oil
- Paint – including thinners and solvents
- Items with a high level of phosphorous – laundry soap, cleaning supplies etc. that are not designed for septic tanks
- Famine products and baby products – they don’t disintegrate
Water Usage is Crucial in Septic Tank Maintenance
All the water that your family uses goes into the septic tank. The more water that is used the more wear and tear on the septic system. Families use an average of 70 gallons of water a day. If there is a leaky toilet or faucet this can escalade to 200 gallons a day, and all this water goes through the septic system.
One thing that can be done to limit septic tank maintenance is installing a high-efficiency washer. This simple device can save a lot of water throughout the year. Another way to reduce water use going to the septic tank is by using high efficiency showerheads and faucet aerators.
Laundry is one of the biggest culprits of causing septic tank damage, this is with the wrong soap as well as continuing doing small loads or completing too many loads in one day.
Following these basic tips and calling Drane Ranger for regular septic tank maintenance will help prevent costly repairs and keep foul odors away. Click here to schedule an appointment with our professionals or to learn more about caring for your septic tank.