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Septic Maintenance

If you own a home, you know the importance of taking care of things to make sure they run properly and last a long time. Your septic is one thing that needs to be regularly maintained in order to work efficiently and effectively. Here are some routine maintenance steps and some precautions that you should take in order to keep your septic running as it should.

Pump And Inspect

You should have your septic pumped out regularly to remove the sludge that gets trapped along the bottom of the tank. This will allow water to move freely through the pipes to the leach field to break down into soil and fertilizer. The frequency of pumping will vary depending on how many people you have living in your home and the size of septic tank you own.

A good rule of thumb is to pump your tank at least every three to five years. If you use more water, you will need to do it more often. Homes with garbage disposals will need to be pumped more frequently, as well.

When you have a septic service like River City Septic & Excavating come to your home to pump the waste out of the tank, have them do a thorough inspection of the inside of your tank to ensure there are no problems with the pump or cracks in the tank. They will also check to make sure there are no obstructions in any of the septic lines.

Conserve Water

To avoid having your septic needing to be pumped more often, you can try to conserve water so that it does not fill the tank faster. When you brush your teeth make sure the water is turned off. If you have any plumbing problems around the home, like a leaky faucet or a running toilet, get these repaired. Using less water will save on the wear and tear of your septic system.

Watch What You Flush

When you put things into your drains, they will end up in your septic tank. Never put chemicals down the drains as these will cause problems with the bacteria in your septic tank, possibly causing a buildup to occur.

When using a garbage disposal, only put biodegradable items inside so they will be able to break down once they hit the septic tank. Avoid putting grease into your drains as this will harden when it gets into your septic tank, making it difficult to be pumped to your leach field.

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