Finding Solutions for Your Septic Tank Problems

Purchased A Home With A Septic Tank? A Few Things You Need To Know

by Senanur Norder

If you have just purchased a home with a septic tank, there are a few things that you need to know in order to protect your home and keep your septic tank safe and working properly. 

Your Tank Needs An Annual Inspection

The first thing you need to know is that even though you can't see your septic tank, it doesn't mean that your septic tank doesn't need a little attention every once in a while. You should have your septic tank inspected by a licensed professional at least once a year.  An annual inspection is the best way to ensure that your septic tank is in a good working order. 

When you have your septic tank inspected, make sure that they inspect the entire unit, including the pump, compressor, motor, alarm and baffles. 

Pay Attention To What You Put Down Your Drains

The second thing you need to know is that what you put down your drain matters. If the wrong materials go down your drain, it can mess with the chemical composition of your septic tank. When the chemical composition of your septic tank is compromised, the material can get backed up and sludge can develop inside of your system. 

To start with, you need to make sure that you watch what you put down your drain. Do not put any strong chemical cleaners down your drain. You also need to make sure that you do not rinse out or wash anything such as paint thinner, gasoline, or insecticide. 

You also need to make sure that all non-degradable items such as sanitary pads, baby wipes, or anything made out of plastic or rubber do not go down the drain. 

Be Careful With What You Do Above Your Septic Tank

The third thing you need to do is be careful with what you do above your septic tank. You should not plant any trees above your septic tank. The roots from the tree could grow into your septic tank and interfere with your septic system, which could be a very costly mistake.

You should try to keep foot traffic away from the area where your septic tank is located as well. You can plant grass or flowers above your septic tank, but in general, you should keep the area where your septic tank is located, which is referred to as the septic field, as clear as possible.

If you follow the three tips above, you should be able to keep your septic tank system working properly. If you fail to follow the advice above, you could compromise your septic system. A damaged septic system can be very expensive to replace. 

For septic services, contact a company such as AAA Cesspool & Rooter Service.