When you move into a new home with a septic system, you will want to take the proper steps in maintaining it so it runs properly without need for unnecessary repair. There are steps you can take each day to help your septic system work without incident. Here are some maintenance tips to follow in keeping your septic running smoothly.
Call For A Cleaning
It is a good idea to have your septic tank pumped and inspected before or shortly after you move into your home. You will not know the condition of the tank or how full it is, since you do not know what the previous owners' water usage habits were. When a septic service, such as Parrish Portable & Septic, finishes their job, ask them how often they recommend you have the tank pumped so you do not need to worry about emergency services due to the tank being too full.
Keep Away From The Area
It is a good idea to avoid walking or using machinery around the septic tank, piping system, and turkey mound areas. This will help keep the septic system from being bent or broken from weight being pressed upon the pipes or tank from above. Mark the area with stakes so family members know where the septic is located, helping them to stay off of the land above.
Try Salvaging Water
Anytime water is used within your home, it ends up in your septic tank. To reduce the amount of work the pump will need to do to push the water to your turkey mound, use less water in your home. Turn off the faucet when brushing your teeth or in between scrubbing dishes you are washing. Don't fill up your washing machine with water for a full load of clothes when you are only washing a few items. Make plumbing repairs to fix leaky faucets and running toilets.
Keep Foreign Items Away
Do not flush or rinse any chemicals down your piping system. These can change the consistency of the material in your septic tank, often making it thicker and harder to pump to the turkey mound. If this compacts in the piping system, the pipes can burst, causing extensive damage to your septic system that would need immediate repair. Flushing non-biodegradable items down the toilet can cause similar havoc in your septic as they can get caught in the pipes, causing an obstruction which could lead to a septic backup.