5 Ways to Increase Your Septic Tank’s Lifespan

Septic Tank Care in Snohomish

Your septic system is hidden well out of sight and mind, and that’s where you want it to remain. Unfortunately, ignoring septic tank care and maintenance will result in a backup or other preventable issue. If you let maintenance slide, expensive damage can incur that a simple septic pumping won’t resolve. Taking a few simple actions can help your septic tank do it’s job dependably for years to come.

1. Limit Garbage Disposal Use

Food by-products add a significant 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. Discard food waste in the garbage bin or use them as compost.

2. Don’t Empty Your RV’s Black Water Tank Into the Septic Tank

Your septic tank isn’t designed to handle high volumes of waste at one time; dumping your RV wastewater tank into your septic system is wildly outside what most systems are designed to accommodate. If doing so doesn’t cause back-ups immediately, it will significantly strain the components of your septic system and drastically accelerating wear.

3. Keep Trash Out of Your Septic System

Flushing anything that won’t naturally biodegrade in 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, tampons, and anything plastic or metal don’t belong in a septic tank. If it can’t be broken down by the tank’s natural bacterial processes, it will cause a serious backup.

septic tank advice4. Be Careful With Additives and Grease

It’s not just solid waste that can clog up your system; additives and fats can severely interfere with its regular operations. Septic system additives don’t always work as advertised and can even 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. Discard grease by storing it in a container before disposing it in the garbage.

5. Know Your Septic Tank’s Pumping Schedule

Typically, septic tanks require a pumping every three to four years. If you’ve purchased a new property without knowing when a septic pumping last occurred, a septic inspection by a licensed inspector can determine the next pumping interval. Knowing when to have your septic tank pumped can save you hundreds to thousands of dollars in septic tank repair down the road.

Entrust Your Septic Tank Care to Us

For a licensed and bonded septic service and repair in Snohomish County, call Snohomish Septic Service. We are a long-standing member of the Washington On-Site Sewage Association, with well-trained crews performing regularly scheduled septic pumping, emergency septic repair, septic system installation or reinstallation, and septic system inspection.

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Posted on March 27, 2020 | Published by Ignite Local | Related Local Business