An average septic tank can cost you between $3000 to $7000 and more to repair in case of a septic system failure. It is vital to keep your septic system in good condition all the time. Not only will you have a long-lasting septic system that saves you money, but also you will contribute to a clean and safe environment.
Septic System Basics
A septic system has two main components: the septic tank and the drain field. The septic tank is where the solids and scum in your drainage water end up. There are living bacteria that eat and digest the solid matter; hence slowing the sludge and scum from building up in the septic tank.
As the solid matter sinks to the bottom and the scum is floating, the water passes through to the drain field. At the drain field, the perforated pipes safely discharge wastewater into the soil.
Poor septic maintenance can lead to septic backups, clogged drainage system, bad odor, drain field flooding, and more. What’s worse? The pollutants in wastewater are hazardous and can pose health risks to your and your neighbors.
Reasons to Maintain Your Septic System
You already know that you risk spending big bucks to repair or install a new septic system if you don’t do proper maintenance. Another reason to maintain your septic system is to protect your environment.
Additionally, a properly functioning septic system can increase the value of your property. On the flip side, a septic system in poor condition can put you in hot legal water.
Septic system maintenance starts with what you flush down the drainage system. Below are easy ways to maintain your septic system in a health condition for a long time.
How to Maintain Your Septic System
Limit the amount of water that goes down the drainage.
Too much water in your drainage system can lead to septic system overload, which is a contributing factor to septic system failure. Too much water going into the drainage can also lead to flooding in the drain field.
Minimize the amount of water running down the drainage by using high-efficiency toilets, showerheads, taps, and washing machines. Also, take shorter showers or take a bath instead if you prefer a longer bathing time.
Put your septic system under routine maintenance.
Putting your septic tank and systems under routine maintenance ensures that no problems are building up like time bombs waiting to explode. Depending on the size of your family, septic tank size, amount of waste, and the amounts of solids in the wastewater, you can do septic tank pumping every 3 to 4 years.
At Casa Grande Septic Service, we can help you with your routine septic maintenance and ensure your septic system’s high efficiency.
Ensure no chemicals goes down the drainage system.
Another easy way to maintain your septic system is to ensure that there are no chemicals going into the drainage. Toxic compounds affect the colony of living bacteria in your septic tank that controls the amount of sludge. Avoid pouring cooking oil, grease, gasoline, pesticides, oil paints, and other toxic chemicals down your sink.
Do not flush solid items down the toilet.
Besides human waste and tissue paper, other solid waste items are better disposed of in the trash bin and not down the toilet even if the item is flushable. Toilet paper can break down and dissolve in the septic tank while other things like wet wipes, diapers, paper towels, cigarette butts, women’s sanitary items, condoms, etc. cannot break down.
Ensure that no waste except for toilet paper goes down your toilet drainage to avoid clogging.
Maintaining Your Septic System is Easy
At Casa Grande Septic Services, it is our job to ensure that you don’t run into unnecessary septic system issues. We are here to offer excellent routine septic pumping, maintenance, installation, cleaning, and repair.
Contact us today to get started.