When your septic system is running smoothly, it’s the unsung hero of your household system. You probably don’t even think about it most of the time. But, that doesn’t mean you should neglect it until something goes wrong.
Let’s look at some things you can do to prevent problems with your septic system:
Prevent Problems Before They Start
There are several things you can do to keep your system in tip top shape:
- Space out your laundry chores. Doing all your laundry in one day puts tremendous strain on your drainfield. Gray water will go into your system all at once, and the ground won’t have time to absorb it.
- Opt for liquid or gel detergent for your dishwasher and washing machine rather than powder. It has inert fillers that are bad for your septic system.
- Throw your grease in the trash. If you put it down the drain, it can clog up the holes in the leaching field.
- Don’t flush materials like tampons or wet bathroom wipes. You may think these are both considered flushable, but they add to the solid waste that’s hard to break down in your septic tank. Toss them in a garbage can instead. Feeling grossed out? A lidded garbage can is a good option.
- Avoid parking on the grassy region where your septic system is located because it could damage the pipes.
Know How Your Septic System Works
All the waste that goes through your plumbing system ends up in your septic tank, and then is safely broken down. This is thanks to the design of the system and the microorganisms that live inside it. The materials are broken down into liquids that can be moved through the system to your leaching field where the nutrients are put back into the ground. Problems start when things that go down the drain or get flushed remain solid. When these things can’t be broken down, your system gets sluggish.
Keep Your Septic System Professionally Maintained
You can stop problems before they start by doing the things listed above, however there’s still a need to call professionals in on a regular basis. They are needed to pump the septic tank and they can also spot problems you may not see.
A Professional Touch
Paradise Septic offers the professional touch you need for annual maintenance and when something goes wrong. We’ve been serving the Phoenix Valley area since 1958. You can count on us to help keep your system running smoothly. When a breakdown occurs, call us and we’ll get your septic system back up and running in no time.
Contact us today if your septic system needs a professional touch.