Helpful Ideas for Proper Service and Maintenance of Your Septic Tank System
Learn Some Helpful Maintenance Techniques to Ensure Proper Function and Longevity of Your Septic Tank System and How To Identify Potential Problems
Over the years we have learned that yearly service and inspection of your septic system network is the key to maximize the life of your septic tank system. Proper yearly maintenance and proper use of the system will prevent a septic tank system’s failure and ensure longevity. The following are some useful techniques that will help to ensure proper functionality of your septic tank system.
Septic Tank System Health - Simple Guidelines
One of the most important things to consider is overall water conservation. The conservation of water is essential to overall system functionality.
Follow these simple guidelines:
- Install water saving devices such as shower heads and toilets. These types of devices improve the biological environment in tanks and allow the solids to settle and the clearer, effluent water to move through the leaching facility network.
- Repair leaky faucets and toilets immediately. A leaky toilet can cause a good septic system to fail very quickly.
- Educate your family members on water conservation. For example:
- Teach them not to run water and/or flush toilets needlessly
- Make sure clothes washer and/or dishwashers have full loads before running
General Septic Tank Suggestions
Also, here are some general suggestions and recommendations for the proper use and care of your septic tank system:
- Use bleach sparingly.
- Keep grease, fat, and food wastes out of your septic system as much as possible.
- Use toilet bowl cleaners and acid-based sewer line cleaning chemicals only in moderation.
- Dispose of paint thinners and other chemicals properly. Do not put them in your septic system.
- Use only biodegradable products such as toilet paper, laundry detergents and cleaners in your home.
- Garbage disposals are not recommended on septic systems. If you have one, remember to not put anything in the disposal that is not edible or biodegradable.
- The Zaring Professionals recommend the use of bacterial enzyme conditioners to improve your systems functioning. We have a complete line of safe products for your septic system.
- Make sure your septic tank system is property maintained and inspected yearly.
Warning Signs of Septic System Failure:
- Plumbing Backups
- Sluggish Drainage in the Home
- Mushy Ground or Greener Grass in Area of Septic System
- Outdoor Odor
- Gurgling Sound in Pipes and Drains
Septic Tank Troubleshooting Tips
When troubleshooting possible causes of septic system failure, consider the following:
- Improper Placement — Is your septic tank system located in an area of poor drainage?
- Improper Installation and Improper Plumbing — Was your septic system installed according to septic codes and do you have proper plumbing in the house to accommodate the system?
- Tree Roots Clogging Pipes — Could surrounding tree roots be clogging the pipes?
- Water Softeners — Are various salts and chemicals damaging your septic tank? If possible, try to channel washing machine and waste from water softeners into a separate disposal area, such as a dry well.
- Overloading — Is the septic tank system being overloaded by excessive water use or is there excess water entering into the sewage system? Use water sparingly; try not to do full loads of wash at peak times.
- Garbage Disposals — Ground up food particles are especially hard on the septic system. Do not put kitchen grease down the drain. Do not flush cigarette butts, sanitary napkins, or other inorganic materials down the toilet. Any septic system that receives garbage grindings needs the extra help of CCLS® enzymes to break down these solids.
Other recommendations to consider for the overall health of your Septic Tank System:
- Know where your septic system is located and try to keep a drawing or schematic of it
- Do not build driveways, patios, or any other type of construction over your septic system
- Do not allow heavy equipment near any part of your septic system
- Do not plant trees within 30 feet of your septic system
- Divert all gutters away from the septic system
- Have your septic system serviced and cleaned regularly (every two to four years).
- Do not forget—your septic system is a living network. Feed it right!