Your Complete Guide to Septic Tanks
A septic tank is an excellent solution for homes that are not connected to a public sewer system. However, if you have never lived in a home that relies on a septic system, there are a few things that you need to know to keep it running properly.
At Roto-Rooter Plumbing & Drain Service, we offer top-rated maintenance and repair services to residents across Victorville, Apple Valley, and Hesperia. Below we have listed a few key tips that will help you keep your septic tank in top condition for as long as possible.
Four Tips for Maintaining a Septic Tank
- Avoid pouring cooking oil down the drain
One of the biggest culprits of a clogged drain or poorly functioning septic system is grease. While other systems may be able to break down small amounts of olive oil or butter, septic tanks do not offer this capability. Rather, the oil will solidify within your drainpipe and block waste from flushing into the tank.
- Hire a contractor to pump the tank periodically
When your septic tank becomes overwhelmed with debris and foreign objects that could not be broken down, you may begin to notice wastewater backing up into your home. This can also lead to clogging, which causes a series of other issues. To avoid this, homeowners who rely on a septic tank should have their tank professionally pumped at least once every four years.
- Do not flush hard materials
We are all guilty of flushing a napkin or a feminine product down the drain at some point. Unfortunately, septic tanks are much more temperamental than other plumbing systems, and they will not be able to break down materials aside from toilet paper, soft food, and other non-intrusive particles. Instead, these materials will pile up, forcing you to have your tank pumped or repaired far more frequently than the typical 3–4-year maintenance window.
- Get a professional opinion
Septic tanks must be managed carefully in order to prolong their lifespan and to work properly and avoid a wastewater back up into your home. Therefore, if you suspect there may be a problem with your septic system itself, call a professional immediately. If you live in the High Desert, our team at Roto-Rooter will happily visit your home for maintenance service and let you know if there are any other problems with your septic tank.
Is your septic tank due for maintenance service? Do not wait any longer to optimize your septic system. Contact us today.