Feeling Confused? 3 Things You Might Not Know About Your New Septic System

You just found out that your new home will be connected to a septic tank. You've always had municipal sewer service, so you have no idea how to care for a septic tank. The bad news is that what you don't know can hurt you – and your septic tank. The good news is that it's easy to learn proper septic care rules. Here are three rules you'll need to remember about your new septic tank.

It Will Need to Be Emptied

You septic tank is exactly that – a tank. Once it's filled, it will overflow, and that's a bad thing to have happen. To keep your septic tank functioning properly, you'll need to have it pumped out at least once every three to five years. If you forget, your septic tank will remind you when it's time. Watch for these warning signs.

  • Gurgling sound coming up through the pipes when you flush the toilet
  • Foul odors coming up through your drain pipes
  • Soggy soil outside around the septic tank
  • Raw sewage backing up into your bathtub

Too Much Water is a Bad Thing

With sewer lines, you don't have to worry about how much water you flush down the drains. Unfortunately, septic tanks can't take nearly as much water as sewer systems can. Now that you're connected to a septic tank, you'll need to watch the amount of water you use each day. Too much water can inundate your tank and cause it to back up into your home. When that happens, you may notice raw sewage coming up through your bathtub drains.

A good way to protect against over-watering your septic is to limit your laundry to one or two loads of wash each day. If you must do more laundry than that, try running a grey water line from your washer. Simply attach a 4" wide flexible hose to your washer by placing the water outlet hose from your washer into one end of the flexible hose. Run the other end of the hose into your flower garden or into your grass. This will prevent the washer water from filling your septic tank too quickly.

Chemicals Can Kill the Good Bacteria

Your septic tank is like a living, breathing creature. Bacteria lives and breeds deep inside the tank. That bacteria is used for decomposing the waste materials that flow through the tank. Chemicals can kill the good bacteria. When that happens, the waste can't decompose. Try to limit the amount of chemical cleaners you use in your home, especially anti-bacterial soaps and liquid bleach.

If you've never used a septic tank before, you might be confused about the care they require. The tips provided above will help you keep your septic tank healthy. For more advice, speak with professionals like SOS Septic Inc.