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You've Got A New Septic Tank: 4 Tips To Help Keep Things Running Smoothly

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Your septic system is designed to separate the liquids from the solids. It does this through a system of tanks that ultimately drain into a seepage pit. As the waste flows from the house, the solids are deposited in the first tank and the liquids flow through to the second tank. From there, the liquid waste water flows through to the seepage pit where it will eventually absorb into the soil. To work effectively, your septic system needs to be maintained properly. Here are four tips that will help prevent problems with your septic system.

Avoid Chemicals

Your septic system is like a digestive system. The items you feed your septic system flow through to the tanks where they're digested and pushed out. Some items you feed your septic system may harm the delicate digestive process, which can lead to serious problems. Some of the items you should never feed your septic system include:

  • Paint
  • Motor oil
  • Chemical cleaners

Go Easy on the Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals may be a convenient way to get rid of leftover food; however, they can harm your septic system. Some foods are difficult for your septic system to digest, which means that they'll linger at the bottom of your septic tank. When that happens, your septic tank will fill up faster, which means it will need to be emptied more often.

Not only that but food that is not properly processed through the garbage disposal can build up in the septic lines and cause backups. When too much food particles get stuck in the pipes you could end up with sewage backing up into your home through the drain pipes.

Know the Warning Signs

If you pay attention, your septic tank will be able to tell when it's having problems. Those warning signs will help you avoid costly repairs. Here are some of the warning signs you should be aware of.

  • Frequent clogs
  • Gurgling sound from the toilets
  • Sewage odors coming up through the drains

If you notice any of these warning signs, you should contact your septic service provider as soon as possible.

Pump it Out

Even though the liquid waste will flow through to the seepage pit, the primary tank will fill with solid waste. To prevent problems, you should have your septic tank emptied at least once every three years. If you're not sure whether your septic tank needs to be pumped, you should schedule a maintenance appointment. The technician will be able to inspect your tank and determine whether or not it needs to be pumped. 

Now that you have a septic system, you want to make sure you take proper care of it. The tips provided here will help you maintain your septic system. For more information about septic systems, be sure to speak to your septic service technician, such as one from a company like George W Shepard  & Son Inc