Septic system services are important but also easy to manage when you take the time to understanding how your system works and what you can do in terms of maintenance to minimize repair costs. Maintaining your septic system is simply a matter of inspecting and pumping frequently, using water efficiently, disposing waste and maintaining your drain field. Focusing on these four aspects can keep your septic system running smoothly. Here are a few other things to keep in mind.
Recognize Warning Signs
There are usually a number of warning signs that tell you when you need to get in touch with professional septic system service providers. One of the biggest warnings is odors, coupled with wet spots, the growth of lush vegetation in your drain field area, or surfacing sewage. Also keep an eye out for plumbing or septic tank backups, and any gurgling sounds in the plumbing system. Finally, slow draining fixtures also mean your septic system needs to be looked at.
Dos And Don’ts
Always inspect your septic system at least once a year. Find out how many times you need to pump the tanks because regular pumping ensures smooth functioning of the system. Keeping accurate records is a good idea, along with a diagram of your system’s location. Also conserve water as much as possible, because this reduces the strain on your septic system.
When it comes to things you shouldn’t do, avoid putting fats, grease, oils or fuels into your system. Also avoid disposable diapers, egg shells, sanitary napkins, condoms, paints and paper towels. Make sure traffic stays off your drain field because vehicles or heavy equipment can compact the soil and damage system pipes. If you intend to plant a garden or construct a pool near your septic system, always check with the health department first.
Do not cover the soil with concrete, asphalt or plastic. You can also poison your septic tank by putting in drain cleaners, solvents, waxes or polishes, all of which can destroy important bacteria and contaminate groundwater. A garbage disposal adds solids to the system, leading to more frequent cleanings. Finally, never enter a septic tank, because exposure to poisonous gases can be fatal.
For Help With Septic Systems
If you need plumbing repairs, drain cleaning, or septic system services for your house or business, Roto-Rooter High Desert has a team of experts on call. For reliable work, advice or a free estimate, get in touch with us today.