If you’re a homeowner living in the country or contemplating moving in the country, you’ll be experiencing the luxury of drinking free well water and utilizing a septic system as opposed to paying for sewer in the city.
However, with these conveniences come maintenance to prevent catastrophes such as septic system collapse.
Read this informative article and learn why this problem may occur and how to prevent it.
An empty septic tank is a healthy one
There are many reasons why a septic system may collapse and failure to clean it is at the top of the list. It can also cause your drainage field to clog up or get plugged. Numerous industry professionals recommend having your septic tank cleaned or pumped every three years.
However, this may vary depending on the size of your tank and the number of people living in your home.
It’s all about maintenance
You can really not say too much about the importance of regular maintenance. Having a professional inspect your septic system annually can keep you informed of when it needs to be pumped.
A professional can also advise you if they see other situations that may need repair. The amount you pay for a service call is minimal compared to what you could pay to have a collapsed septic system repaired.
Watch where you drive and park
Whether you’re installing a driveway or directing traffic at a family party, make sure vehicles stay off of the area where your septic system is installed. Vehicles can cause it to collapse or cost you expensive excavating bills. Driving over the septic system in the winter can also cause the pipes to freeze.
Avoid garbage overload
Many people that have garbage disposals feel that they can throw anything in them and the machine will instantly eat it up. What they don’t realize is that many of the things that go into garbage disposals do not break down well for septic systems.
The same can be said about your toilet, which should have nothing flushed down it but “septic-safe” toilet paper.
Avoid excess water
Believe it or not, water can also damage a septic system and fill it up way before it’s time. To avoid this, make sure all your plumbing fixtures are working properly.
Failure to do this can result in hydraulic overload where your waste water comes back into your drains. Excessive use of water softeners can also be harmful to your septic system.
In summary, don’t underestimate the important role your septic system plays in your home. Take good care of it and it should provide you with years of service.
Visit Kamloops Septic Service or similar business if you are experiencing septic tank problems.
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