If your septic tank is working properly, the solids will sink to the floor of the tank while the liquids filter through to the seepage pit. However, when your septic tank isn't working properly, everything can get mixed up and clogged up. When that happens, your drains are going to get clogged, and you're going to be faced with some serious problems. Unfortunately, some of the problems your septic tank will face will be the direct result of mistakes you make. Here are four steps you can take to make sure mistakes don't cause problems with your septic tank.
1. Go Easy on the Garbage Disposal Usage
If you use your garbage disposal on a daily basis, you could be harming your septic system. You might not realize this, but septic systems aren't designed to process food that hasn't been digested by the human body. If you're sending too much undigested food through to your septic tank, it's not going to be able to process it properly. Unfortunately, that means that some of that food is going to get sent through to the seepage pit where it will cause clogs and other problems. To make sure you avoid that problem, you need to limit your use of the garbage disposal. In fact, it's a good idea to avoid using it altogether.
2. Schedule an Inspection of Your Septic System
If you're not sure about the condition of your septic system, it's a good idea to schedule an inspection. This is important, whether your tank needs to be pumped out or not. Scheduling a septic inspection about once every two to three years will help you monitor the condition of your septic system. That way, you can reduce the occurrence of emergency septic issues. Not only that, but you'll be able to tell when it's time to have your septic tank pumped without worrying about an overflow situation.
3. Make Sure the Liquids and the Solids are Removed
If it's time to have your septic tank pumped, make sure you have them remove the liquids and the solids. In some cases, the hose will be sent through the inspection port, which means only the liquid will be removed. To make sure your septic tank is completely emptied, you'll need to have them remove the main tank cover and pump out the solids as well.
4. Take Care with Your Above-Ground Pool and Hot Tub
If you have an above-ground pool or hot tub, you'll want to take care when you empty either of them. First, if you empty them over the septic field, the additional water can inundate the system and cause an overflow. Second, the chlorine in the water can destroy the healthy bacteria in your septic system. To avoid harming your septic system, always empty water from your pool or hot tub as far away from the septic system as possible.
If you need a septic tank inspection or to schedule an appointment to get it pumped, contact a septic contractor, such as Pete's Outflow Technicians, to do that as soon as possible. When it comes to septic systems, you don't want to wait.