The average home with three family members in the United States produces about 250 to 300 gallons of waste water a day. This means your septic tank is very busy day in and day out working to make your home cleaner by getting rid of all that waste. On average, your septic tank should last about 20 years, but that is only if you take care of it and maintain it properly. Even if you know very little about septic tanks, you can do a lot of the maintenance yourself. Here are some tips to help you increase the lifespan of your septic tank.
Inspect the Septic Tank
Inspections are a great way for septic professionals to diagnose underlying problems with the tank. Experts suggest having the septic tank inspected once a year to ensure there are no major issues. Since not all homeowners know where the septic tank is located, you may have to do some homework to find it. Check the yard for a patch of really green grass or a riser that is coming from the tank through the grass. You can also go to the local health and zoning agency to get a map of your property and locate the septic tank that way. Things that should be looked at during an inspection is the sludge level, date it was last pumped, liquid waste on the ground surface, and cracks in the lid.
Pump the Tank
Your tank requires pumping every so often to avoid overfilling. Your septic tank should be pumped out at least once every three years to avoid problems. This is done to prevent solids that are washed out of your home and into the septic tank do not make it to the drain fields. If after inspection, your tank is almost full, you want to go ahead and have it pumped before it overflows.
Stay Away From Drain Fields
Once you know where the septic tank is, you want to make sure you avoid a lot of traffic on the drain fields. Do not drive vehicles over the drain field or perform any construction near it. You could end up damaging the pipes by compacting the dirt too much. Keep grass as the primary covering over the septic tank. You do not want to put concrete or other hard materials over it so that it can be easily accessed.
Avoid Contaminants in Your Septic Tank
There are a number of contaminants that you could be putting in your septic tank without realizing it. Greases, chemicals, diapers, and paper towels all clog up your tank because they cannot dissolve in it. Try not to flush these items in your toilet to help keep only water and soft solids going into your tank.
For more information, contact Ace Sanitation Service or a similar company.