4 Things You Should Know About Your Septic System


If you aren't familiar with septic systems and you have just bought a home that has one, there are four things you should keep in mind. Your system could last a very long time if you take care of it properly.

1. Be careful what you pour down the drains or flush.

Too much water going down the drains can affect the delicate system in the tank, so be careful about your water use. If you have a hot tub or large whirlpool bath and need to empty it, you will want to cool the water before draining it into an area of your yard that is not in close proximity to the septic system.

You should be moderate in your use of household chemicals such as bleaches, drain cleaners, and detergents, and you should also use toilet tissue that disintegrates easily.

These things do not decompose and will accumulate in your tank, so you should never dispose of them into your system:

  • Cooking fats
  • Facial tissues
  • Cigarette butts
  • Disposable diapers
  • Tampon applicators
  • Sanitary pads
  • Paper towels 
  • Coffee grounds

2. Septic system additives are not often recommended anymore.

Chemical additives containing sulfuric acid can cause corrosion and damage your septic tank and can cause damage to the local environment. Additives containing biological agents have been found to contribute little or no positive effect on septic systems. It would be more economical in the long run to save your money for regular maintenance and pumping.

In addition, the locality where you live may have some restrictions on what kind of additives you may use.

3. You will need to have your system cleaned every three years or more often, in a cooler climate.

If you have a garbage disposal in your kitchen, you will need to have your system pumped yearly to prevent problems. The further north you live also shortens the time period between pumping because cold temperatures slow down the bacterial action and decomposition of the solid wastes.  

4. Your system needs professional attention if these signs occur.

If there is a foul odor, this is a sign that methane gas is coming from your system and indicates that the drainage system is blocked. If the area around your septic tank is damp or plants have started growing there, there could be tank leakage/damage or the leach lines are too full. If your toilets, bathtubs, shower, or sink drains are not draining quickly and thoroughly, this is a sign that your tank needs pumped. To learn more about septic tanks, contact a business like Magnan - NSD Vac Truck Service.


30 July 2015

Building Septic Tanks on New Properties: Tips, Facts and Ideas

Hello and welcome to my blog. My name is Heather, and a few years ago, my partner and I got a very cheap property up in the mountains practically in the middle of nowhere. I knew we had to build, but there were many elements that I overlooked. I never even considered the idea that we wouldn't be connected to a town sewer system for example. However, I learned quickly as we built our septic tank. Through the process, I also researched a lot of alternatives to ensure we got the perfect septic system for our needs. If you are building on a new property and you don't have the option of sewer, this blog has everything you need to know about septic systems. I truly love to help others, and I hope these posts help you.