3 Tips To Protect Your Septic Tank System

Posted on: 19 August 2016

Septic tank failure in your home would probably bring about a massive waste management problem and cost you a fortune to have the system repaired and replaced. A well-maintained septic tank system will usually serve you for longer, require less pumping and steer clear of frequent backups and damage. Read on for simple tips on how you can successfully maintain and increase the longevity of your septic tank system. 

Conserve water

Minimizing the amount of water getting into the septic tank system is very important. Too much water could upset the biological balance in the tank, undermining its ability to break down solid waste. This could lead to backups or the tank filling up prematurely.

Keep a check on the amount of water you let into the septic tank by investing in low-flow showers and fixing leaky faucets around the house. You can also limit water inflow into the tank by pacing out your laundry loads and washing full loads of laundry at a time. Finally, avoid running the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time to reduce the stress on your septic tank. 

Watch what goes in

Dumping anything that doesn't decompose into your drains and toilet is probably the easiest way to damage your septic tank system. Cigarette butts, facial tissues, diapers, and similar non-biodegrades can't be broken down in the tank and may end up clogging the sewers and tank.

Paints, harsh chemical cleaners or large amounts of household detergents can also be harmful to your septic tank system, as they can corrode piping and kill bacteria that break down solid waste in the septic tank. If you have been dumping such chemicals down your drains, consider introducing a small amount of septic tank additives to boost bacterial activity in your system.

Finally, avoid dumping grease in your kitchen sink as it can add to the slug in the tank and necessitate more frequent pumping or cause serious backups. Consider skimming grease into a separate container and tossing it in the trash or in your food waste recycling. 

Keep heavy things at bay

Heavy machinery, foot traffic, or structures such as pavements and patios should be kept away from the septic tank, as they can compress the tank and piping, causing irreversible damage. Heavy things on the tank could also compress the soil in your drain field, causing failure. Be sure to also keep trees and shrubs away from your septic system, as their roots could damage piping or cause blockades in the tank and sewer lines.