Cleaning and scrubbing down a septic tank is not a DIY job that appeals to many homeowners. However, it is a job that needs to be done every so often. Many people are keen to develop guidelines and rules regarding their septic tank and what goes into it; this prevents the tank from clogging or not working correctly. This article looks at some tips for maintaining a good septic tank system that operates efficiently.
Control Your Food Waste
Too much of the wrong type of food can cause the septic system to clog or operate poorly. If you put too much oils, grease or fats down the drain, these materials may outbalance the bacteria in the tank. This will prevent the bacteria from breaking down any matter. Generally speaking, food waste from the garbage disposal unit is fine, but even then, it is a good idea to dispose of food in a different way. If you cannot recycle or compost food waste, dispose of it along with the household refuse.
Never Flush Away Medicine
Some people flush old pills or half empty bottles of medicine down the toilet, forgetting that these types of drugs can seriously upset the workings of the septic system. Most types of medicines are detrimental to the overall quality of treatment provided by the tank. Instead, take any leftover medications to a pharmacist so they can safely dispose them for you.
React to Leaks Immediately
When a leak forms somewhere in the property, extra volumes of water is slowly added to the drainage system, ending up in the septic tank. Such amounts of water affects the way that the septic system operates. It is therefore essential to the health of your septic system that you deal with any leaks as promptly as you can.
Add a DIY Cleaner
One of the easiest things to do to encourage the system to work to its maximum is to add in beneficial bacteria yourself. Although you can buy cleaners and environmentally friendly varieties, you can save yourself the expense by simply allowing some milk or cream to begin to spoil. This takes a few days; after this time bacteria forms in the milk or cream.
Flush this down the toilet, and it will work its way into the tank, adding to the other bacteria there that works to break down matter. Get into the habit of leaving out a little milk or cream once a week, allowing it to spoil, and flushing it into the septic tank.
Following these tips should not only improve the performance of your septic tank system, it should also extend its working life.