Keeping Your Septic System Maintained And Healthy

When you move into a new home or are looking to move into a new home, keep in mind that it's very possible that the home is on a septic system, since these systems are quite common. Even if the home is situated within the city limits and not in a rural area, it still may depend on a septic system to handle the sewage from your household. If the basement of the home is lower than the city sewer line, for example, it cannot flow properly because it needs a slight incline. Here is some insight and some helpful septic services to help you take care of your home's septic system.

Handle Easy Maintenance

Because septic systems are so common, the chances are high your next home may have one installed somewhere on the property. And even if the other homes on your street are connected to the city sewer, your home may not be because of the slope from the home to the city's main sewer line. So, it is important to be aware of this fact so that you can plan for the maintenance. Typically you should have your tank pumped every few years, usually anywhere from three to five years. Your septic professional can help you determine this schedule based on your household size and the tank's capacity.

As a homeowner with a septic system, there are also some practices you need to get into the habit of to keep the system in good health. For example, if your home has a kitchen sink disposal, it is recommended to not use it. Use septic-safe toilet tissue and don't flush any other products into the system, such as cotton swabs, feminine products, and paper towels. 

Keep an Eye on Your System's Health

In addition to being aware of your system and scheduling regular professional pumping, watch out for any signs of problems with your septic system. When a problem arises, you need to take quick steps to repair the problem to avoid any further damage to your home, property, or the septic drainfield.

For example, if your tank becomes overfilled and begins to deposit solid waste into the drainfield lines, this can cause clogs and damage the perforated pipes. A clog in the drainfield can also cause sewage to seep above ground on the site, which is a hazardous condition in your yard where bacteria and other harmful microorganisms can exist.

To learn more, contact a company that offers septic tank services in your area.