Ways To Avoid Septic Tank Repairs

Septic tanks are critical for containing waste and wastewater before it is treated. It is essential to familiarize yourself with how a septic tank operates so you can notice when it is faulty. Here are ways you can avoid costly septic tank repairs. 

Avoid the Kitchen Disposal

In many homes, there is a garbage disposal in the kitchen sink. This disposal is used for food scraps. If the disposal is connected to the septic system, you shouldn't use it often. Septic systems mainly deal with liquid wastes. Even though they handle human waste, adding food scraps can overwhelm these systems. The more solids deposited in a septic tank, the faster the tank will fill up. As a result, you will need to pump the septic tank more frequently.

Use a Septic System Additive

Another way of avoiding septic tank repairs is treating your tank with an additive. These additives have natural bacteria which aid in breaking down solids. They are user-friendly and effective. Some additives come in biodegradable packets that you simply deposit in the tank every month or so to maintain a healthy septic system. Using this additive reduces the likelihood of clogged drains. It also minimizes septic tank pumping frequency because the tank doesn't fill up quickly.

Avoid Using Excess Water

Many homeowners think that using excess water helps clean drains. However, excess water usage reduces the time your septic tank needs to break down solids. If your septic tank takes in too much water before it has broken down the solid waste, the solid matter will pass through your distribution system. 

Since distribution pumps are meant for liquid matter, the solid material will clog the system. To avoid this issue, take shorter showers, turn off your water faucets fully, use your kitchen sink water sparingly, and take all other appropriate measures to limit the amount of water flowing through the septic system.

Avoid Using Chemicals

Chemicals affect the functionality of your septic system. Using chemicals in your septic tank can prevent the natural absorption of wastewater. Keep chemicals like paints, pesticides, and solvents away from your septic tank. While many chemicals kill germs in your kitchen and bathroom, some destroy the good bacteria in your septic system. Good bacteria are crucial for breaking down solid waste in the septic tank. 

Without the activity of good bacteria, you will experience frequent problems with your septic system. Since there are chemical additives that help improve the efficiency of your septic tank, ask your septic tank professional for advice on the harmful and helpful chemicals.

For more information, contact a local septic tank service.