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Septic Tank Maintenance: 3 Things To Keep In Mind This Summer

by Senanur Norder

Once summer rolls around, the kids are out of school and it is time to relax by the pool, go on vacation, and have a backyard barbecue or two with friends and family. It is not a time that you want to have to worry about your septic system. However, there are more people in the household, especially if guests are over more frequently, so there is additional strain on the system. This extra stress could lead to overload, unpleasant odors, and a saturated drain field. Therefore, here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you – and your septic tank – have an enjoyable summer.

Tip #1: Don't Flush Anything That Didn't Go Through Your Body

Your septic system is designed to handle certain things – things that can decompose easily, such as bodily fluids. Therefore, if it didn't come out of your body, don't flush it. Toilet paper is the only exception here. By following this rule, your septic system will last longer and require less maintenance.

Some things that you want to make sure that you never flush include coffee grounds, cigarette butts, diapers and condoms. Items like these will not decompose quickly and fill your septic tank up, resulting in it needing to be pumped out on a far more regular basis. This isn't to mention the fact that it could clog up the system, leading to system failure.

Tip #2: Don't Park on or Near the Septic System

Do you know where your septic system and drain field are located? If not, it is important that you hire a professional to determine their locations and show you. For one, in an emergency, you will need to know where your system is located. For two, it is imperative that you never park any vehicles on or around the tank, pipes or the drain field. The pressure from a vehicle (boats, four-wheelers, etc.) can damage the pipes or compact the soil leading to the need for expensive repairs.

Tip #3: Pump Before a Big Party

When was the last time that you had your septic tank pumped? If you can't remember or you know it has been a little while, it is a good idea to have a professional come out to perform an inspection and a pumping. Regular inspections and pumping will help you to avoid expensive repairs and reduce the chances of failure. If you are planning an event with a large number of people, you may want to consider having your system pumped ahead of time. The last thing that you want is foul odors ruining your party because your tank was too full and couldn't handle the additional strain.

Contact a septic system installation and repair company for more help.