March 31, 2016 by

Out here in the desert around Hesperia, CA, there are a lot of septic tanks installed; and that means a lot of Roto Rooter septic service calls.  Roto-Rooter High Desert is experienced in handling septic issues large and small, but all too often, it seems like service calls we make could have been prevented.

Now, all septic tanks are going to need servicing every now and then- if nothing else, they have to be drained periodically.  However, there are a lot of things you can do which will reduce the need for Roto Rooter septic service, and help extend the lifespan of your system in between services.  

Simple Ways to Get the Most from Your Septic System

  • Don’t pump too often!  Unless you have a good reason to think there’s a septic tank problem, don’t pump it more often than your city code says.  Over-pumping can critically reduce the bacteria within the tank which are necessary for it to work (and not smell).
  • Avoid in-toilet cleaning bars.  Those “every time you flush” cleansers are full of harsh chemicals that kill off the bacteria in your system, and can also potentially erode the septic pipes.  Likewise, as we’ve mentioned before, don’t use anti-bacterial soaps for the same reason.
  • Keep your washer\dryer lint catchers clean.  Clothing lint will not degrade in a septic tank, and can very quickly clog up its filters, leading to overflow situations.
  • Fix those leaky pipes.  Every drop of water sent through your drains puts a little additional strain on your septic system.  Keeping your faucets, showerheads, and other fixtures leak-free will extend its lifespan.
  • Don’t overuse the garbage disposal.  Garbage disposals and septic systems don’t get along well together, as the bacteria that grows in food products can conflict with the bacteria that’s suitable for digesting sludge.  We recommend dealing with garbage the old fashioned way.
  • Avoid bleach- or chlorine-based household cleaners.  These can also kill off the bacteria in your tank, as well as being harsh cleansers overall.  Also, if you have a pool, be especially careful that none of its water or acid makes its way into your septic system.
  • Consider installing low-flow fixtures.  Besides potentially saving you a lot of money in water costs, low-flow faucets and toilets put considerably less strain on a septic system.

Roto-Rooter High Desert Is Here When You Need Us

By following these simple tips, you should be able to significantly reduce your need for septic work.  However, whenever accidents do occur, Roto Rooter septic service is available on-call 24/7 from Roto-Rooter High Desert, Hesperia’s experts in septic work.  No matter what time of day or night, just contact us to schedule an appointment.