Learning How To Handle Your Septic System

Moving into a new house always brings with it many different challenges and new experiences. And if you move for the first time into a house that uses a septic system rather than a municipal sewer system, this can be one of the biggest adjustments you need to make. While it is certainly true that maintaining a septic system is different than using a standard municipal sewer system, it does not have to be a cause for worry or concern. All you need to do is learn how to handle and maintain your septic system properly, and, before you know it, the process will become second nature.

Watch Your Water Use And Look Out For Leaky Fixtures

While most people know that they should try to limit their water use to save money or for environmental conservation reasons, when you have a septic tank system, there is another reason to do so. Excess water use in your home can actually cause your septic tank to fill faster than it is able to clean and process the water in the tank.

As such, the tank could become full faster and could end up overflowing due to the excess water. An overflowing septic tank can cause a large stinky mess in your drainage area (usually in your backyard or elsewhere on your property) that will need to be drained and cleaned up to prevent health problems and further damage to your landscaping. So, be sure that you are aware of your water use in your home and try not to take too many long baths or showers, and only use the washing machine and dishwasher when necessary.

Leaky plumbing fixtures are another potential cause for overflow in your septic tank system. A constantly dripping sink or a toilet that continues to flow for long periods of time can eventually cause your septic system to overflow as well.

Have Your System Checked and Drained Regularly

Even if you are very careful about your water use and deal quickly with any leaky plumbing fixtures, you will need professional septic tank maintenance on occasion. Every year or every few years, you will want to have a professional come out and check on the septic tank and drain field as well as the full operation of your system.

The septic tank levels can be checked to determine the chemical composition of the tank (to ensure that it is processing your wastewater correctly) as well as to see how full the tank is. Because solid wastes remain in the septic tank when the water is processed, you will need to have your septic tank drained once in a while as well. This will keep your septic tank from overflowing and will allow the tank to be cleaned as well.

Now that you know more about how to handle your septic system, you can be sure that you take the steps necessary to keep your system up and running for as long as possible without issue.

For septic system maintenance, contact a company such as Linn Septic Service.