As a business owner, it is important that you maintain and repair your commercial building's electrical, ventilation, and septic systems. Allowing any of your business' systems to go into disrepair can give your customers a bad impression of your business and its health; a neglected and backed-up septic system can give the appearance that your business is also similarly neglected. Here are some tips to help you keep your business' septic system running well and properly maintained.
Watch What You Flush
Your business' septic system includes a collection tank where the layers of heavy waste sludge sinks and the scum floats upon the water within the tank. As healthy bacteria breaks down the waste within the tank, the water flows out through the system's drainage pipes into the surrounding soil. Keeping your system flowing healthy in this manner allows your business' plumbing to drain as required.
When you flush and rinse materials into your business' plumbing that are not biodegradable, or are hazardous chemicals, they will clog and upset the balance within the tank, causing it to not work properly. This, in time, leads to failure of your septic system, and you will be left with a smelly septic drain field and an expensive replacement for your entire septic system. Both of these details can be off-putting to your customers and employees.
Take care that you and your employees do not ever rinse or flush paper towels, cigarette butts, wet wipes (even if they are considered safe for toilets), and food items into the system. Your septic system should only be used for flushing human waste and septic-safe toilet paper.
It is also important to not drain any paint solvents or thinners, pesticides, or vehicle fluids, such as brake fluid, gasoline, and motor oil into the septic system. These chemicals are toxic and will kill off your septic system's healthy bacteria, causing the system to become clogged with waste and eventually requiring service and repair. These types of chemicals will also leak into the soil surrounding the drainage pipes, and will contaminate the soil and possibly nearby waterways. To help maintain these standards, post signs above each wash basin, toilet, and other type of drain within your business to prevent damage to your system.
Call a Professional for Pumping Services
It is also important to keep your septic tank at a healthy level by keeping it pumped of sludge and scum when the layers become too thick. This will keep your septic system flowing properly, and prevent clogs and flooding throughout the drainage fields.
The schedule you should follow to regularly check and have your tank pumped depends on the size-capacity of your tank and how much it gets used. Experts recommend to have it pumped approximately every two years, but you can check with a septic professional like A Better Aim septic to find out your tank's specific maintenance requirements.