Improper maintenance of the home’s safety tank can jeopardize your health safety, environment as well as finances. Blockages, leaks, and buildup of sludge in the tank can contaminate your groundwater, the soil and water bodies in the neighborhood. You need to constantly maintain your septic tank to make sure it is in good shape
Maintenance tips for your home septic tank
Drain the field and protect the tank
Safeguarding the tank from physical damages can ensure the tank’s longevity. Avoid planting any plants other than grass around the septic tank. The roots of the trees can damage your septic system. It is advisable also not to operate heavy machinery next to the tank. Do not build structures or sheds above your septic system.
Be careful with what you put inside
Whatever goes into the septic system plays a major role in the proper operation of the tank. The system is made of microorganisms whose work is treating organic waste. Ensure therefore that you do not make their job tougher by adding anything to your septic tank which may hamper the ability of breakdown. If there are more solid waste in the tank, your septic tank will pump more.
Avoid heavy duty cleaners
Using heavy duty cleaners excessively can kill the microorganisms that break down wastes. Extermination of these useful bacteria can cause improper breakdown of solid wastes. This is detrimental to your septic tank.
Solid wastes in the septic system should be pumped out on a regular basis. The septic tank should be pumped out every three years to ensure it last longer. Never try to open the septic tank on your own as it is full of poisonous bacteria and gases.
Keep away rain water from your drain field
When the drain becomes soggy, it can cause absorption or neutralization of liquid wastes to be improper. Settle for roof gutters, and foundation drains and landscaping to divert extra water from your septic drain field. this way you minimize the amount of extra water going into the septic tank.
Maintaining your septic tank will ensure that it has a long life and gives you good service. You may need to hire a professional if you want to open your septic system for pumping. These tips can help you maintain your home septic system. Take note of these points even when you hire a professional to help you with doing your septic system maintenance.