3 Habits That Can Increase Your Septic Tank's Life Span


A septic tank can often be pretty tricky to maintain and care for due to the fact that there is often no way to tell if something is wrong with the tank itself until it is too late to avoid damages. Typically, your first warning sign that something is wrong will be when waste from the septic tank backs into your house and out of your drains or floods your yard. Listed below are three habits that can help you increase your tank's life span and avoid damage to your property.

Do Not Flush Everything

One of the biggest things that can help protect your property and your septic tank is to avoid flushing everything down the drain. In most cases, you cannot flush or wash the same items down the drain that you typically can when you are connected to a municipal sewer system. The reason for this is that everything that you send down your drains will need to be able to break down quickly in order to keep your septic tank from becoming full and overflowing. 

Some of the biggest items that you will want to avoid sending down your drains are cloth, plastic, bones, metals, and even many types of bathroom tissue. In addition, you should also consider utilizing products that are designated as "septic-safe" because they will often be designed to break down very quickly. For example, bathroom tissue that is septic safe will typically break down in a septic tank in a fraction of the time that it will take normal tissue to dissolve or break down.

Regular Cleaning

Another good way to increase your tank's life span is by hiring a septic tank cleaning service to regularly clean out your tank. These services will be able to come to your home and completely pump out the contents of your tank. In most cases, you will want to have your tank professionally cleaned every few years, but you will want to consult a cleaning service as the interval between cleanings can vary quite a bit depending on the size of your household and the size of the tank itself.

Add Enzymes

Finally, you will want to consider adding additional enzymes to your septic tank on a regular basis. This is important because over time the enzymes and bacteria in your septic tank can die off or be washed out, which will cause your septic tank to fill up very quickly. However, there are a variety of products available that you can flush down your drains that will renew those enzymes and bacteria in order to keep the tank working efficiently.

Speak with a septic tank service today to discuss how you can keep your tank in the best possible shape and to schedule a cleaning appointment. Adding enzymes, regular cleaning, and being careful about what goes down your drains can help to extend your septic tank's life span and help you avoid any costly repairs. Contact a business, such as Glanborough Pumping septic tank, for more information. 


1 March 2016

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.