Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Living in a rural area often means that you have a septic tank instead of being hooked up to a municipal sewer system. Septic tanks can be a wonderfully effective method for managing your home's waste products. If you take certain preventative steps, you can keep your system running smoothly for many years.
Keep your use of household chemicals to a minimum. Using "normal" amounts of household chemicals such as bleach, laundry detergent, and other cleaners should not harm your system. However, excessive amounts of chemicals, such as paint cleaner, can adversely affect the bacteria in your system that is necessary for the proper breakdown of waste products.
When you have a septic tank, you need to flush only toilet paper into your system along with your waste. Anything else may not break down properly and cause clogs and premature filling of the tank. Never flush coffee grounds, tampons, condoms, grease, diapers, and cigarette butts. Even if a product is labeled flushable, you should dispose of it in the trash. What is flushable in a municipal system may not be in your septic unit.
Your drain field is an essential part of your septic system. This area is near the septic tank and is where the wastewater is dispersed, filtered, and further purified. You can prevent problems with this area by properly landscaping it with natural grasses or shallow rooted plants. Having vegetation over the drain field helps reduce moisture as well as soil erosion. Plants such as periwinkle, sword fern, Irish moss, and creeping brambles work well in drain fields.
Even a healthy septic system needs to be pumped out regularly by a professional. Your system can probably hold between three and five years of waste. If the tank becomes full, you may have waste back up into your home, a costly and disgusting development. Consult with a septic system contractor to work out a pumping schedule for your system.
Your septic tank is an efficient and generally reliable way to take care of your waste matter when you are not hooked up to a municipal system. If you take a few basic precautions and have regular maintenance performed, your system should work for years with few or no problems. Be careful about what you put into the system and maintain your drain field. With a little professional help, your system should remain healthy. Click here for more info about septic tank cleaning.