If you happen to live in a rural area, or have a vacation home away from civilization, then you're most likely familiar with the concept of a septic tank. In short, a septic system is a sewage treatment facility for private properties, such as your vacation home. These systems are usually kept out of sight, and, when properly maintained they are odorless. By following a few basic rules, for example not using too much water or depositing materials that cannot decompose in the tank, you could keep the tank trouble free for years. Here are a few mistakes you could avoid when looking to clean your septic tank.
Using too much water
By using more water than the septic tank can handle, you can destroy the biological balance between the elements inside the tank. If this balance is destroyed, the septic tank cannot effectively work its wonders. It is also important to understand that discharging more water than the system can handle can also be troublesome, causing the tank to back up.
Using an excessive amount of chemicals
When cleaning the tank, it is fine to use a decent amount of household bleaches, detergents, drain cleaners, and most other chemicals that you can think of. By using excessive amounts of detergents however, you may encourage the growth of yeast and mould inside the tank. Moreover, you should not dump water that has been used for cleaning paintbrushes or spray cans into the house sewer, as this can lead to a blockage in the pipes.
Dumping grease down the drain
This is one of the primary reasons people's septic tanks or pipes clog. Grease is extremely sticky and will stick and plant itself onto the pipe's surface, clogging it little by little until no water can pass through the pipe anymore. Most people ignore this, thinking that if they throw grease down the train once a month or so, no harm's done. In reality though, grease is extremely dangerous for pipes. This is why it is recommended to have separate containers for grease, and throw it directly into the garbage.
Your septic tank will need professional cleaning a couple of time every decade, and if you live in particularly cooler climates, you will need to have the solids removed from the septic tank now and then, as they can inhibit the growth of bacteria and mould. If your septic tank constantly smells foul, drains slowly, or backs up, these are signs that it needs pumping. In this case, make sure to contact a septic pro like Able Liquid Waste Pty Ltd in order to have the issue resolved.