The Importance of Proper Septic Tank Cleaning and Care

Think about your septic tank.

I know, it’s difficult, right? Who in the world wants to think about septic tanks-or better yet, what’s in their tank? But you wouldn’t believe just how important it is to sit down and consider long and hard not only what’s already in your septic tank, but what you’re putting in it on a day to day basis. We like to thoughtlessly coexist with those big metal vats housing the unmentionables of our every-day lives. But being aware of the workings, the contents, and your septic cleaning schedule is your key to issue-free waste management. The last thing you want is to ignore your septic tank until you’re forced to pay attention due to a backup or overflow. So read on, and prevent these problems before they happen.

It all starts with you. Yes, you ultimately decide what does or does not go into your septic tank. So be conscious about the types of things that could be damaging to your tank. This includes almost all non-organic materials. Toilet paper is obviously unavoidable, but other common bathroom items, such as Q-tips, paper towels, dental floss, and feminine hygiene products could potentially harm your system. They could disrupt the delicate balance maintained by a slew of microbes that live in your tank. These microbes cannot break down inorganic matter, so they will fill your tank much quicker than organic materials. These items could also, however, cause blockage in your pipes-which could lead to a backup, and a huge mess for you to deal with. This is not only unpleasant to encounter, but it can be very costly to fix. Make sure if you have other people in your household to educate everyone on what is appropriate to put in your tank, and what is not so much.

After being aware of what you are putting into it, maintaining a proper septic tank cleaning and maintenance schedule is the most important thing you can do for your waste management system. The average tank needs pumped every 3-5 years, and ignoring this procedure could have messy, expensive consequences. If you’re unsure when your tank needs pumped again, call a trusted septic tank cleaning contractor and they will help you determine what schedule is best for you-based on the nature of your septic system, how many people are in your household, and the septic system codes in your area. A contractor can be a great source of information if you have little experience with septic systems, or have just moved into a new area. Septic tank codes differ across different areas, and it’s important to be aware of yours.

The last bit of advice that will help you maintain your septic tank properly is to not fall into the trap. There are many products and septic system treatments out there that promise you instant results and unrealistic fixes in your tank. They claim that their product helps the microbes in your tank to work better or more quickly, prolonging the period in between pumping. In many cases these products do not work at all. In cases where they do, they often work at such a slow rate that it makes minimal difference. All these products do is give you false confidence that you will not have to pump your tank as often, and it could lead to potential backups and complications. If you feel you must treat your tank chemically, consult with a contractor first to get any possible recommendations he or she may have for these treatments and to ensure that you’re on the proper septic tank cleaning schedule.

As mentioned already, no one wants to spend great amounts of time thinking about their septic tank. But as you can see, it’s vital to a properly functioning waste management system. A little bit of education and the right contractor can do wonders and prevent serious problems from occurring.