If you are used to having a sewer system in your home and have moved to a home with a septic tank, it is much different. Rather than your sewage going out into a main sewer line and off to the sewage treatment plant, your sewage goes into a tank that is buried in your yard. This tank is yours and is your responsibility. When it fills, you have to have it pumped out. If you aren't used to this type of system, it could be difficult to deal with at first. Read on for usage and maintenance tips for a septic system.
Daily Use Care Tips
On a day to day basis, you should be treating your system with care.
- Toilet Paper Use. You can't just flush mounds of thick two-ply toilet paper down your toilet and expect it to dissolve quickly. Thicker toilet paper should not be used in a home with a septic system. You should be using thinner toilet paper and also using much less. Too much toilet paper can clog a toilet in a home without a septic system, but one with a septic system can clog and fill up much faster with too much toilet paper.
- Drain Use. Your drains are not meant to be used as a garbage can. Only toilet paper and water should ever be put into your drains, nothing else. Don't try to wash food down your drains, as it can clog your system. Paint, grease and oils also should never be washed down your drains. It can cause an issue in your drain and in your septic tank as well.
- Chemical Use. Chemicals washed down your drain can also cause a problem for your septic tank. Some bacteria is good for your system and if you are using a chemical to clear out your drains, it could kill off the bacteria in your system and cause a clog or cause your system to fill up too quickly. Don't use harsh chemicals in your drains.
Issues To Look For
If you aren't sure if your system should be pumped out, there are things to watch out for. If you have water in your yard, it could be due to an issue with your system, or it may be due to your system being too full. If you notice gurgling noises in your toilet when you flush it, you may have a clog in the system. Another issue to keep an eye out for is smells. If you are noticing foul odors coming from your drains or you notice a smell in your yard, it may be time to call out a pumping company to inspect your tank.
Septic systems are different than a public sewer system. If you aren't sure if your tank needs to be pumped out, call a professional septic tank pumping company for help and for other care and maintenance tips.