How to Make Your Residential Septic System Happy
OK, so this is more about making your bank account happy. Taking a few simple steps around your house can prolong the life of you residential septic system. By following some of these steps, you can avoid making an emergency call for a septic tank repair.
- Don’t use a garbage disposal. While convenient, using a garbage disposal is hard on your septic system. Some food particles that enter your septic tank don’t break down, and end up causing clogs or damage to your leach field. Consider composting fruit and vegetable scraps, and throw other scraps away or feed them to a pet.
- Use a strainer. This is really simple. Using a sink strainer prevents solid material from flowing down the drain and into your septic tank, where it may not break down.
- Don’t pour grease or oil down the drain. Grease and oil are really bad for your septic system. As the grease cools, it can stick to the insides of your pipes and septic tank, causing clogs. Pour grease and oil into a tin can and dispose of it, or let it cool in the pan, then scrape it out into the trash.
- Get regular septic tank pumping and inspections. Probably the most important thing you can do for your septic system is sign up for a septic tank pumping plan. No matter how well you follow all of these tips, eventually, solid waste will build up in the tank. You want to make sure your tank is pumped before it overflows, causing a smelly situation.
If you’re not sure when your septic tank was last pumped, you may want to give us a call to come do an inspection and make sure everything is in working order. We’ll perform septic tank pumping. We’ll give you a receipt to keep for your records, itemizing what we did, and we can set up a maintenance plan that works for you. Call Jones Pump Service at 410-692-6900 for all of your septic system needs.