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The 3 Worst Things You Can Do With A Septic Tank

When you are going from a regular sewer system to a septic system, you will need to consider the differences. With a septic system, your waste goes into a septic tank, where the waste remains in the tank, and the water exits into the drainfield. Make sure you avoid doing the following things when you have a septic tank.

Using Too Much Water

Believe it or not, the amount of water you have going through your septic system makes a big difference. If you overload the system, too much water ends up in the septic tank, which might take too long to exit out of the tank and into the drainfield. This may cause the tank to overflow, along with a host of other problems. Be careful with how much water you use, particularly when you are emptying bathtubs full of water or doing laundry. Laundry tends to use a lot of water, so it is best that you spread laundry out by doing it every few days, instead of multiple loads in a single day.

Putting the Wrong Materials Down the Drain

Sewer systems can handle a lot more waste and chemicals than a septic system, so that is another thing to keep in mind. You want to be careful what you put down your drains, whether it is the kitchen or bathroom sink, toilet, or shower. Try not to push any harsh cleaning products or chemicals down the drain, including large amounts of bleach or drain cleaner. If you have a clog, it is best to contact a plumber instead of attempting to use drain cleaner. Also, do not put any paper items, such as baby wipes, tampons, sanitary napkins, or coffee filters, down the drain (toilet paper is okay). With septic tanks and all plumbing systems, you should avoid putting any cigarette butts, grease, or oil into the drain.

Not Getting it Pumped Regularly

An important part of maintaining a septic tank is having it pumped. While the wastewater makes it way out of the tank and into the drainfield, the solid waste remains in the tank. Over time, this builds up and can cause overflowing issues if you don't get it pumped out often enough. Your plumber can let you know about how often you need to have the tank pumped. It depends on the size of the septic tank and how many people are in your household. If you have a large home with four kids and a spouse, you'll probably need it pumped more often than a couple with no children. Talk to a company like Five Star Sanitation Services for more information about getting your septic tank pumped.