If you have a septic tank, you want it operating at its best at all times. There are a number of things that you can do in order to keep your septic tank healthy and operable.
In order to prolong the health of your septic tank, there are a few items that you must avoid at all cost getting to it, for example, dental floss, feminine hygiene products, condoms, diapers, cotton swabs, cigarette butts, ground coffee beans and other hygiene or kitchen related products that can potentially clog the septic system. Also, you shouldn't discard down your pipes any household chemicals such as muriatic acid, gasoline, motor oil, paints, and glues, as they contaminate the residual waters, and kill the micro organisms currently working in the septic tank; in case of a clogged pipe, avoid using caustic drain openers as they could both compromise the integrity of your piping, and destroy the beneficial bacteria that is currently housed in the tank, instead it is recommended to use boiling water or a hose to help flush down any obstructions.
It is a good idea to inspect the tank yourself several times a year, but as a precaution, be sure to have a professional do it once every three years. If you want to do this yourself, the first step is to locate the tank, then you must carefully open the access covers, and have someone flush the toilets in the house one by one in order to check for any signs of clogging in the pipeline. Then, check the level of sediment in the tank, and measure the water levels, and check the integrity of the tank for any sings of leakage. Finally, check the mechanical components for any visible operational issues, and pump the tank if needed.
In order to maintain the tank working properly, pro-biotic products to promote a healthy bacterial environment in the tank should be applied periodically, as this helps to accelerate the decomposition of organic waste thus preventing blockage, and facilitating the absorption of the waste into the soil while prolonging the system´s life.
Upon inspection it should be determined whether the tank needs to be pumped or not, this is usually done during the professional inspection, but it can be needed less often based on the usage of the system. Specialized equipment is usually required and makes it a simple process, where the maintenance company pumps the contents of the tank into a tanker truck for proper disposal, giving you tank a fresh start.
For more information, contact a company like Parrish Portable & Septic.