Five Ways to Increase Your Septic Tank’s Lifespan
Your septic tank is hidden well out of sight, scent and mind, and that’s where you want it to remain. Unfortunately, ignoring septic tank care and maintenance, will result in an overfilling or worse. If you let maintenance slide, expensive damage can occur that simple septic pumping won’t fix. Doing a few simple things can help your septic tank do it’s job dependably for a very long time.
Be Conservative with Garbage Disposal Use
Food by-products, especially from nutrient-rich sources like leftovers going into the garbage disposal, add a significant additional source of rot and biomass to the septic tank. In addition to regular waste, the addition of foodstuffs from the garbage disposal will necessitate a more frequent pumping schedule. Use the garbage instead, or try using food waste as compost in your garden.
Don’t Empty Your RV’s Black or Grey Water Tanks into Your Tank
Your septic tank isn’t designed to handle high volumes of waste at one time, and dumping your RV wastewater tanks into your septic system is wildly outside what most systems are designed to accommodate. If doing so doesn’t cause back-ups immediately, at minimum it stresses the components of your septic system severely, accelerating wear.
Keep Actual Trash Out of Your Septic System
Flushing anything that won’t decay into your septic system not only risks clogging it, but it never breaks down in your septic tank the way regular waste does. Cigarette butts, disposable razor caps, candy wrappers, anything plastic or metal – if it can’t be broken down by the natural bacterial processes in the tank, it will cause problems.
It’s not just trash that can gum up your system; additives and fats can severely interfere with its regular operations. Septic system additives don’t always work as advertised, and can actually cause problems in an otherwise balanced system – especially in the drain field. Grease and fats are much more likely to clog your pipes and the pre-tank parts of your septic system than other wastes, so collecting those in a container and disposing of them separately will help keep things flowing smoothly.
Understand Your Septic Tank’s Pumping Schedule
Typically, septic tanks only have to be pumped every three or four years. If you’ve purchased a new property without knowing when septic pumping last occurred, or you’ve lost track of your existing home or business pumping records, a septic inspection by a licensed inspector can determine when septic tank pumping will next be required. Knowing when to have your septic tank pumped can save you hundreds and even thousands of dollars in septic tank repair down the road by preventing overstressing caused by overfilling and overflow.
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Edited by Justin Vorhees
Fifty Years’ Experience in Septic Pumping and Repair
Serving Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Granite Falls, Everett, Arlington, Marysville, Monroe, Mill Creek,
Lynnwood, and greater Snohomish county