Septic System Care
Things you Can Do to maintain a healthy septic system.
- Reduce the amount of waste-water that must be treated & disposed of by your septic system. For example, do laundry several days a week to reduce the waste-water and take stress off your septic system.
- Repair leaky faucets or toilets to reduce waste-water that must be processed by your septic system.
- Turn surface water away from your tank and drain field by diverting down spouts and other water sources.
- Saturated soil above your drainfield keeps the system from adequately cleansing the waste-water.
- Have septic risers installed when needed to keep your septic tank accessible for pumping’s and inspections.
- As a general rule, septic tanks should be pumped every three to five years. Yearly inspections will help you determine how often your system needs pumping. Proper maintenance of your septic tank will keep your drainfield working properly and free of solid waste. Once a drainfield has been contaminated with solid waste material, simply pumping the tank will not return it to working order.
- Keep proper record of all system repairs, pumping’s, inspections, and other maintenance. These will be very beneficial when selling your home.
- Treat your system regularly with the proper septic maintenance chemicals. These can be purchased from AAA Septic Services and shipped right to your door.
- Call AAA Septic Services if you experience problems with your system or there are any signs of a system failure.
Things Not to Do to your septic system.
- Never drive over your tank or drain field.
- Never compact the soil above your drainfield or septic tank in any way.
- Never cover your drainfield with a hard surface such as concrete or asphalt.
- Never dig near or around your drainfield or septic tank and never build or plant anything over them.
- Don’t over use your garbage disposal. A garbage disposal can increase the amount of solids flowing into your tank by as much as 50%. This increase will force you to pump your tank more often than normal.
- Don’t contaminate your septic system by pouring chemicals or cleansers down the drain. These chemicals will kill the bacteria needed by your septic system to purify your waste-water. Items such as coffee grounds, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, cigarette butts, fats, grease or oil, paints, thinners, antibiotics, dental floss, kitty litter, paper towels, varnishes, waste oils and pesticides will all damage your septic system.
- Don’t allow backwash from home water softeners to enter the septic system.
- Never attempt to perform maintenance on your septic tank. Septic tanks contain toxic gases that can kill. If your system starts showing signs of problems, contact AAA Septic Services ASAP!