Residential Septic Maintenance Tips For Rural Homeowners

If you are purchasing a rural home with a septic tank and water well, then you will love not having to pay a monthly sewer and water bill to a utility company. However, just because you don't have to pay a monthly utility bill doesn't mean your septic and water systems don't come with potentially significant costs.

Unlike water wells with many different moving parts that often require professional repairs, septic systems are fairly simple and there are many things you can do as a homeowner to maintain them. 

If this is your first experience living with a septic system, then follow each of these tips to correctly maintain it.

Tip: Proactively Prevent Tank Flooding

If you flood a septic tank with too much water, it can prematurely push solids down the leach lines before they are properly broken down inside of the tank. This damages the leach lines and leach field.

To proactively prevent tank flooding, make sure you control your use of household water. For example, make a policy that family members shower at different times of the day, wash single loads of laundry at a time, and don't run the dishwasher while you do either one.

Tip: Keep Bleach and Household Cleaners Out of the Septic System

The bleach and household cleaners you used to put down your drains when you lived with a community sewer system need to be a thing of the past. Cleaning products, bleach, and solvents kill the biodigesting bacteria that live in your septic tank. Without these vital microbes, the septic tank will quickly fill up with solids and clog.

Tip: Keep Harmful Substances Out of the Septic Tank

In addition to things that kill septic system bacteria, there are many other things that can harm its function in other ways. For example, grease, oils, and fats will gunk up the inside of the septic tank and leach lines. Fibrous food scraps and human hair will wrap around undigested solids and cause clogs. 

To prevent septic system damage, a policy of only flushing human waste and drain water is always the best plan. By not introducing harmful things into the septic tank, you ensure nothing will cause any clogs or other damage.

Tip: Keep Everything Off of the Ground Above Your Septic System

Lastly, it's vital to keep everything off of the ground above your septic system except for perhaps some lawn, mulch, or other light landscaping. Driving anything heavy over the system will damage it, and planting bushes or trees will do even more damage when the roots intrude into the leach lines or drain field. To proactively maintain your septic system, keep everything off of the surface above it.

For more information, contact a company with residential septic services