How to Care for Your Septic System
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How to Care for Your Septic System
Jun 25, 2022

How to Care for Your Septic System

If you have moved from the city to the suburbs, it might be your first time dealing with a septic tank. Most homes in the town are usually connected to a municipal sewer line, but that's not the case in rural areas. You are probably wondering: how do you keep a septic system working correctly? What should and shouldn't go down the drains? The reality is that a septic system is a costly investment, and maintaining it in pristine condition goes a long way in increasing its lifespan. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing, we recommend hiring a plumber in Johnstown for routine maintenance to avoid sewer emergencies at the least convenient time.

Simple Tips for Septic System Care

If it is your first time dealing with a septic system, there's a lot you can do to keep it in tip-top condition. While maintenance is not easy, there are several things you need to have in mind. The stuff you flush down the toilet or wash down the drain determines the efficiency of your septic system and the frequency of maintenance. It is advisable to schedule routine maintenance checks with a reputable plumber to prevent deterioration and costly repairs. Follow the following tips to maintain a functioning and durable septic tank.

  • Don't Wash Harsh Chemicals Down the Drain

Septic systems are designed to work biologically, meaning they rely on bacteria to break down or eat away solid waste that is flushed or washed down the drain. However, chemicals like nail polish, cleaning, bleach, or other harsh chemicals can kill the bacteria, affecting your system's ability to manage waste. When waste takes longer to break down, it can lead to significant issues like clogs and backup, which is not ideal. If you detect signs of blockage or foul odors coming from your drains, it might be time you consider professional septic tank pumping and cleaning.

  • Use Septic-Safe Toilet Paper

Most people assume that every toilet paper is safe for the septic system, which is not the case. Although most manufacturers have labeled their products "Septic Safe," it doesn't necessarily mean they are suitable for flushing down the toilet. Check and see the thickness of the papers to determine if they will break down easily or not. The last thing you want is backup from the toilet because of using thick toilet paper.

  • Use Water Efficiently

Your septic system is designed to handle solid waste and wastewater from your home, but it doesn’t mean they can't be overwhelmed. Homes with high-flow plumbing fixtures and inefficient appliances like dishwashers can overload the septic tank, causing it to overflow. We recommend consulting a plumber to ensure you have installed low-flow fixtures and upgraded your devices to modern, efficient ones.

Several factors must be considered to determine the appropriate septic tank pumping schedule. Some of these factors include tank size and the size of your home. We take the time to account for all these factors to ensure your system gets the care it deserves to run at optimal capacity. Contact us at Mr. Rooter Plumbing and schedule an appointment with the septic experts.