Homeowners who rely on septic systems for wastewater processing need to be well-informed of how septic systems work and how to care for them. Once you have the basics down, you'll realize that how you treat your septic system today can have a big impact on how it functions tomorrow.
Here are four ways you can invest in your septic system's future health by caring for it today.
1. Care for Your Drains
Your drains supply wastewater to the septic tank. Anything you flush down a drain will eventually end up in your septic system. So caring for your drains is your first line of defense against septic problems further down the line.
This doesn't mean using a lot of harsh drain-cleaning chemicals (in fact, these chemicals could affect your septic system, so it's best to mostly avoid them). It just means keeping an eye on what you're flushing down the drains. Don't try to rinse anything down the sink that's solid and don't try to flush anything down the toilet other than what it's designed for.
In addition to possibly obstructing drains, small items like baby wipes, cotton swabs and plastic flossers can cause blockages after reaching your septic system. So start investing in your septic system's future by looking out for your drains.
2. Apply Basic Water Management
Both your indoor water use and your outdoor water use can affect your septic system's health. And overusing water today can cause problems tomorrow if there's a heavy rain. That's because once the leach field has reached complete saturation, the septic system can't process any more water until some has evaporated or drained away.
So for your outdoor wastewater, you need to have an alternate management plan that routes stormwater away from your septic system. The ground around your drainfield can only hold so much water, so even if you're not putting stormwater into your septic tank, routing it to that area could still cause problems when you have a big rainstorm.
For indoor water management, you'll mostly just need to be careful not to wash too many loads of laundry at once. You'll also need to keep an eye on the weather, though, and avoid heavy water usage when the ground outside is saturated. And when you have a lot of people over for the day, try to minimize water usage as much as possible.
3. Prepare for Seasons Ahead of Time
Winterizing your septic system in advance can help keep it from freezing. This may not involve much work; usually you'll just need to make sure that the septic system is well-insulated (you may need to mulch it if it's not buried deeply enough) and that pipes aren't exposed to freezing temperatures.
You can also prepare for other seasons in advance. For example, if your holiday season involves having a lot of relatives staying at your house, you might want to have your tank pumped before they arrive.
4. Make a Maintenance Schedule
Professional maintenance is very important for future septic health, but making a plan will help ensure you don't forget to have your system serviced. In addition to periodic tank pumping, the system will need regular inspections and may sometimes require repairs. Having your system serviced on a regular basis can help you catch repairs before they cause overall failure.
These four tips will help you invest in a future functioning septic system. Putting a little time and effort into it now will help you have more peace of mind later, as well as more trouble-free wastewater processing.
For more advice on septic system maintenance or to schedule a service visit, call Speedy Clean Drain & Sewer today. You can also get in touch with us on the web at your convenience to request a quote or an appointment.