Things You Must Learn About Septic Tank Maintenance
Septic tanks are convenient tools for managing sewerage in rural areas where there aren’t sewerage systems. They handle a property’s waste to prevent environmental pollution, but many people do not know the secrets about their maintenance. Knowing how to maintain a septic tank is critical because it costs a lot of money and poor maintenance can cost a person a lot of money for repairs and even health hazards.
When you have a septic tank, you should make sure that you have a filter for your washing machine that blocks lint from flowing into the septic tank and clogging the soil in drain fields. When the drain fields are clogged with non-biodegradable materials like polyester and nylon that are found in a lot of our clothing, they block the pores of the soil bed which help to absorb water. They are not easy to eliminate, thus lead to the failure of your septic tank.
Your septic tank has a particular volume it can support comfortably. Feeding the tank with more water than it can support makes it burst because it becomes overwhelmed. When your septic tank overflows, it pollutes the environment with a bad odor and substances into the drain field, putting residents at risk of health challenges. Have an ideal water management program in your home that gives your septic tank ample time to digest waste. Avoid washing plenty of your clothes in one day to avoid releasing a large volume of water to your septic tank, but spread your load across some days in a week. Also, stop rainwater received in your home from draining into your septic tank.
You should install effluent filters in the exit baffle of your septic tank to prevent solids from leaving the tank. This makes your sewer utility efficient and safe to use. These filters should be washed every time you pump your tank to keep them efficient. Your tank should be pumped at least once in not more than three years at most depending on how many occupants a property supports. Your septic tank must be assessed through the manhole to ascertain that it has no cracks or leaks and that its exit baffle is still intact.
Avoid using cleaning agents in your home excessively as they adversely affect the bacteria responsible for breaking down the waste in your tank. Provide your septic tank with a lot of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria from time to time to replace the dead and weak bacteria. Note that, powdered detergents contain plastic fillers that clog your lines and drain field, while oils, solvents, paint thinners, disinfectants, poisons, and pesticides interfere with the treatment process.
Finally, do not build anything over your drain field or drive on it or compact the soil in any way or plant trees and shrubs close to the septic system as their roots get in their lines and plug them. Grass is the only plant that is not damaging.