Finding Solutions for Your Septic Tank Problems

Moving To A New Home With A Septic Tank: A Simple Guide

by Senanur Norder

If you've always lived in homes connected to the public sewers before, moving into a home with a septic tank may leave you with some questions. Septic systems are not as complicated to maintain and utilize as you may imagine, and looking over the following information should help to allay most of your concerns.

Pumping The Tank

All of the waste that is flushed down your toilets and all of the water that goes down your drain ends up in your septic tank. The solid waste sinks to the bottom and slowly decomposes. As it breaks down, particles slowly wash out of the tank and into the soil surrounding the tank. However, most people add solid waste to their tanks faster than that waste breaks down. So, you'll need to have the tank pumped out occasionally to prevent the tank from overfilling. Most homeowners will need to pump their tanks every three years, but if you have a garbage disposal, you should pump yours every year as the disposal will add additional solid waste to the tank.

Watching For Problems

When your home has a septic tank, you always want to keep your eye out for signs that the tank is full or that the pipes that lead to it are blocked. If you notice any of these signs, contact your septic service promptly:

  • There's a sewage odor in your yard
  • All of the drains in your home refuse to drain
  • Sewage is backing up into your drains
  • There's excessive liquid in your yard near where your septic tank is located

Preventing Problems

In addition to having your tank pumped out, there are a few day-to-day precautions you can take to prevent issues with your septic system.

  • Do not flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper down the drain. Tampons, wipes, and similar products take too long to break down and will just take up space in your tank.
  • Minimize your use of harsh cleaning products like bleach and ammonia, as these kill the bacteria responsible for breaking down waste in your septic tank.
  • Conserve water on very wet, rainy days. On wet days, your tank may not drain as well, so conserving water will help prevent it from overflowing.

Living with a septic tank does require a bit more attention to detail than living in a home connected to a sewer. But before long, the maintenance discussed above will become second nature.

For septic tank services, contact a company such as Martin Septic Service Inc