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Do's and Don'ts for your septic tank

4/23/2020 (Permalink)

Man holding a tube inserted in the ground where the septic tank is located Septic tank maintenance

SERVPRO of Atascadero does not run into too many septic system overflows in this part of the central coast, but if you happen to live or have a property in a rural area, for sure you have an idea about how septic system works. One way many property owners know if it is maintained properly is if you do not smell anything bad coming from it. Now, there are several crucial do’s and don’ts to live by to ensure that your septic tank will last long and that your septic system works the way it should. Here they are.

Only use high quality toilet paper.

Pick a toilet tissue that is been proven to break up easily when wet. This way, it will not cause any trouble when it is already in your septic tank.

Keep trees away from the septic system.

Trees which have roots that grow and extend aggressively should be kept far from the septic system to avoid any damage. Plant grass instead in the drain field area to prevent and minimize the instances of soil erosion.

DO perform regular maintenance.

Make sure your septic tank is maintained everyone to three years by a professional. Now, the frequency of having your septic tank pumped will depend on its size, the number of solids that go into it, and the volume of wastewater. It is best to consult a professional again to know how often you should have your septic tank maintenance done.

DON’T allow a large amount of water to be discharged into the septic system.

It will cause the system to back up and will also affect the biological balance within the septic tank.

DON’T dump grease down the drain.

Grease can build up in the septic tank and plug the sewer pipes. Have a separate container for it.

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