2 Ways To Maintain Your Septic Tank

A septic tank is necessary if you live outside of the city. You have to have someplace for your wastewater to go. Your septic tank should last for a good long while as long as you take good care of it. So, what can you do to make sure your septic tank is in good shape?

Get it Pumped

One of the things that you need to do is to make sure that you get your septic tank pumped out every so often. How often that is depends on a lot of things. One of those things is how big your tank is. The larger the tank, the longer the time in between scheduled pumping. Another variable is how many people are using the tank. The more people using it, the more wastewater and solids can make it into the system. You can always call a septic tank cleaning company and ask them how often you should get your tank pumped. If you aren't sure when it was pumped the last time, then you should ask that same company come in and inspect your tank for you. It's never going to be a bad thing to have your septic tank inspected and have it proactively pumped. 

Watch What You Flush

Not just flush, but also what you run down your sink. Think about your septic tank as a living system. You don't want to put anything in there that would disrupt that living cycle that goes on in the tank. That can include things like bleach and drain cleaners. Those can actually kill the bacteria that do live in your septic tank which help digest solids. Make sure that if you need to use a drain cleaner, you find one that says it's good for septic tanks. It will be gentler on your tank. You also want to look for toilet paper that is going to be easier on your septic tank. The quintuple layer, multi-quilted, super duper toilet paper may be nice to have, but it can take a long time for your septic tank to break down and can clog up your pipes easier. There is toilet paper that is designed for septic tanks that you can use. 

If you have a septic tank, you want to do everything you can to make sure that it will last as long as possible. It's less expensive to maintain it than it is to repair it because you didn't do something. Contact a service like Shortys Sanitary Service for more help.