3 Tips To Care For Your New Septic System

Have you recently purchased a home with a septic tank? Do you need to know how to care for your new septic system so that it continues to function well and correctly? There's a good chance that your friends and relatives have tried to scare you with 3rd- and 4th-hand horror stories of how difficult it can be to keep a septic system working. Fortunately for you, like any good horror movie, these stories tend to be, at best, highly exaggerated accounts of something that may or may not have actually happened. Taking care of your septic system is an easy process if you follow a few simple steps.

No overuse: As the name implies, a septic tank is a large receptacle that sits underground and contains your sewage waste. The solids are allowed to settle to the bottom while the liquids are filtered out and leave the system. Various species of bacteria and yeast are an essential part of this system, breaking down the waste and allowing it to work as expected. When you do a lot of laundry at once or take too many baths in a row, this is a lot of relatively clean water that can push large amounts of bacteria out of the tank so that it has difficulty breaking down waste. If you don't have an energy-efficient, low-water washing machine, try to stagger your laundry across multiple days to give your system time to recover.

Regular pumping: Eventually, all those solids will build up in the tank and will need to be removed by a septic tank pumping company. The amount of time between pumping sessions can vary greatly but is typically somewhere between 3 and 5 years. If you don't know how long it's been since the previous homeowners had a septic tank pumping performed, it's a good idea to do that as soon as possible so that you can have a better idea as to how long it'll be until the tank is actually full.

Professional inspection: When you book a septic tank pumping, the company will probably ask if you want to have the tank inspected. Sometimes this is an additional fee, but sometimes it is not. Even if it is an additional cost, this is a useful inspection to have done. Because the tank is underground, an inspection may be the first and only way to discover that something is amiss with the tank before you wind up with a serious issue that needs to be fixed immediately.

For more information on septic tank pumping, contact a company that offers septic services.