Sewage-disposal tanks are a significant investment that homeowners have to consider. Sewage disposal tanks play a critical role in ensuring that your home is clean and safe for human habitation. Unfortunately, over time, the solid waste disposed of in these tanks accumulates and forms a sludge at the bottom of the tank. That’s why you need to maintain these systems using the following approaches.
1. Efficient Use of Water
Generally, efficient water usage will extend the life of a septic system. Most people think they need to use more water to clean their homes and clothes, but this is not the case. It is quite the opposite. Using less water in your septic system will reduce the amount of wastewater going into your septic tank, which will mean that you won’t have to pump it as often. So, if you’re looking to save some money on septic tank pumping, start by using water more efficiently.
2. Proper Maintenance of the System
It’s essential to have your septic system inspected regularly and perform any necessary maintenance tasks to keep it functioning correctly. This includes repairing leaks, clearing blockages, and ensuring that the tank is adequately aerated. By ensuring that your septic system is well-maintained, you can minimize the need for pumping and extend the life of your system.
3. Pump Your Tank When Necessary
Even if you’re using water efficiently and maintaining your septic system correctly, you’ll still need to pump your tank every few years. The frequency with which you’ll need to pump your tank will depend on several critical factors, such as the size of your septic tank and the number of people in your household, and how much water you use. However, as a general rule, most septic tanks need to be pumped every three to five years.
While pumping your septic tank may seem like a hassle, it’s an integral part of maintaining your home and keeping your family safe. By pumping your septic tank every few years, you can avoid problems like sewage backups, overflows, and water contamination. It’s essential to know when your septic tank was last pumped and schedule a pumping service before it’s too late.
4. Avoid Solid Objects
It’s unfortunate, but many people think it’s okay to dispose of solid objects in their septic tanks. However, this is not the case. Disposing of solid objects in your septic tank can lead to clogs, which can reduce the efficiency of your system and even cause it to fail. So, avoid disposing of solid objects in your septic tank. Solid objects should only be flushed if they’re small enough to dissolve in water.
It’s important to pump your septic tank every three to five years to avoid problems like sewage backups, overflows, and water contamination. However, you can minimize the need for pumping by efficiently using water and maintaining your septic system. If you’ve any questions about your septic tank maintenance, contact Mike’s Septic & McKinley Sewer Services today. We’re always happy to help.