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Four Tips For Dealing With Septic Tank Problems and Maintenance

Don’t Overload the Tank

Be mindful of when your septic tank is almost full. Having an overloaded septic tank is an accident waiting to happen. As soon as your tank is almost full, have someone come to empty the tank. After you’ve had the tank for a while, you can begin to anticipate when the tank is almost full and prepare to have a maintenance person come out to empty it.

Be Careful About What Enters the Septic Tank

Certain materials can affect the life span of your septic tank. First of all, flushing bulky items like feminine products down the toilet can wreak havoc on your sewage system. Other materials such as paint thinners, harsh chemicals, and other corrosive materials can also cause a lot of damage to your sewage system and may even cause a leak. Instead, dispose of these items in the garbage bin or use another safe disposal method.

Maintain the Tank Regularly

When you get regular maintenance checks on your tank, you can be sure that there are not any red flags or accidents waiting to happen. A regular maintenance schedule also ensures that your tank gets emptied before it becomes dangerously full. Contact your local septic service company to determine how often maintenance needs to be done on your home septic system. For the best results and the easiest maintenance, set up a contract with the company to come out and maintain and empty the tank on a regular basis. It would be wise to work with companies such as Plumb Perfect Ltd. (a Brampton plumbing company) that can consistently take care of issues and maintenance when you might forget about your tank entirely.

Maintain the Drainfield

There are a lot of issues that can occur when your drain field is too blocked. For instance, rainwater can interrupt the absorption and disposal of rainwater materials. You can divert rainwater away from your drain field in order to prevent this problem. Another issue can come when tree roots grow into the system and interrupt or even puncture part of the septic lines. This can cause a real mess, so be sure that there are no large trees growing near your septic system. If you see any other major problems with your drain field, remove them from the area.

Septic systems are expensive to fix, and the damage can be awful. That’s why it’s best to prevent damage and maintain the system regularly to prevent accidents. Use the four guidelines above to help you deal with your septic tank better.




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  • BurtSilver
    April 11, 2017, 5:29 pm REPLY

    Thanks for the septic tips! My wife and I just moved into a home with a septic tank for the first time, and we want to make sure we take care of it. Thanks for mentioning to make sure you don’t flush anything down the toilet that isn’t toilet paper. We will make sure we keep this in mind.

  • Kyle Wayne
    November 29, 2017, 11:40 pm REPLY

    I like that you mentioned keeping up with the maintenance. My brother is looking to get some septic tank maintenance done but needs tips. I’ll be sure to talk to him about finding a professional service that can help him keep up on that.

  • Michael Robinson
    December 4, 2017, 9:33 pm REPLY

    Thanks for reminding me about making sure that my septic tank is not full. My fiance and I are thinking about moving into a home that is more on the rural side of town, so we want to make sure that everything is in great condition before we move in. This was one thing that we did not check, and I think that it is just like you said, having an overloaded septic tank is an accident waiting to happen. We will have a professional come inspect it as soon as possible.

  • Larry Weaver
    December 7, 2017, 11:37 pm REPLY

    That’s interesting that rainwater can interrupt the absorption and disposal of rainwater materials. There’s a lot of rain that I deal with, and I’m afraid that it might be messing with my septic tank. With getting my unit in good repair, I think I’ll contact a septic tank services specialist.

  • Julius
    January 17, 2018, 1:49 am REPLY

    It was quite informative how you mentioned that flushing down chemicals, corrosive materials, and even feminine products down the septic system can cause a lot of damage to the system. My brother didn’t do any of that, especially the one mentioned last, however, he did flush a huge vat of grease down the drain a few weeks ago. I believe that was the reason behind the septic system failing. I’ll get someone to check it out before it gets any worse. Thanks for the info. I’ll make sure to remember them.

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