Regular septic tank maintenance can prolong the lifespan of your septic drain field, tank and all components associated with it. By being smart and proactive, you can reduce the risk of costly repairs and premature replacement.
To help you, we’ve put together a list of septic tank dos and don’ts. Read through them and implement as many as you can into your daily routine as you can.
Septic Tank Maintenance Dos:
- Conserve water as much as possible. Take shorter showers; don’t leave the water running; be sure to fix any known fixture leaks
- Put only full loads through your washing machine. Your septic tank system should be designed to account for the average amount for your family (3-4 loads per week)
- If you have one, minimise how much you use your garbage disposal. Throw away, or compost food waste as much as possible
- Choose a good quality, septic tank approved toilet tissue that easily dissolves when wet
- Ensure that only three substances enter the tank: human waste, water and toilet tissue
- Have your septic tank professionally inspected and pumped every 2-3 years
Septic Tank Maintenance DON’Ts:
- Don’t do several loads of laundry in a single day. Instead, space out laundry over the course of the week
- Don’t pour grease down the drain. Collect it in a container near the sink and dispose of it in another way
- Don’t put non-biodegradable items (cat litter, disposable nappies, sanitary towels) or paper products other than toilet tissue (paper towels, facial tissue) into the septic system
- Don’t put poisonous or hazardous materials (paint, insecticide, oil, etc.) into the septic system.
- Don’t plant trees over the septic drain field or any other part of the absorption system
- Don’t park or pave over the septic tank or absorption system
We hope you will find these tips useful! if you have any questions or are unsure about any of the above, please do not hesitate to contact us using the contact form provided in the website.