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How to Care for Your Septic Tank (And System)

If you use a septic system in your home, you're probably not connected to the municipal sewage disposal system. As part of system maintenance, you'll need to inspect your septic tank regularly to check for signs of damage. The tank will also need to be regularly pumped out to remove the sludge and scum that builds up in the tank over time. 

The best way to inspect and pump out your septic tank is to seek out a septic tank professional. However, you also have a role to play in ensuring your tank remains in the best working condition possible at all times.

Here are a few effective care tips for your septic tank:

Avoid using chemical drain cleaners

Pouring store-bought chemicals down your residential drains may be an easy way to clear clogging, but the damage it can cause your septic tank and system can't be wished away. Harsh chemical drain cleaners can kill the "good" bacteria that allows your septic tank to efficiently drain wastewater into the drain field. This can lead to premature failure of your tank and system.

Make sure you use safe drain-cleaning solutions when you need to unclog blockages in your domestic drains. 

Use water efficiently 

The higher the volume of water going down your drains, the harder your septic tank and system will have to work to ensure efficient exit of wastewater from your home. Efficient water use can help keep your septic system working reliably, but also increase the lifespan of your tank.  

Plant trees away from your septic tank (and system)

Trees add kerb appeal to any residential property, but they may not be so kind to your septic tank. As trees grow large, their roots may grow into your tank while looking for a water source. Make sure you grow trees as far as possible from your septic tank and system. Consider felling any trees that may have grown too close to your tank and system.

Don't drive or park on the ground above your tank

Buried outside, a septic tank is designed to carry the weight of the soil covering it. If it is subjected to above-ground weight it can't support, it may collapse. Avoid driving over or parking your vehicle on top of your septic tank, as this may cause the tank to collapse under the extra weight.

Your septic tank is a vital part of your septic system. Following the above-outlined care tips will go a long way in prolonging the life of the tank and system. For more information about the care and maintenance of your septic tank and system, contact your local septic services.