How To Clean and Maintain Your Septic Tank

Living in a rural area can be amazing, but there is a very high chance that with that rural area comes a septic tank. These tanks can be great for disposing of wastewater for a property that is not connected to a municipal sewer line, but with this tank also comes the routine preparation and maintenance needed as well. This will not only help your tank last longer, it will also keep it in much better shape for a longer period of time. Here are just a few tips to help with both of those. 

Be careful about what goes down the drain. If you want to take extra good care of your tank, it is imperative that you manage what goes down the drain. Your septic tank is able to handle household wastewater. It is not, however able to handle other household items. For example flushing small toys, q-tips, or anything else like that could lead to a major clog therefore creating a back up in your septic line. If you question flushing it, then just throw it away. 

Regularly pump your septic tank. Typically a septic tank can go several years before it needs to be pumped but it is absolutely necessary to schedule this whenever it is needed. During those months and years the wastewater and solid waste just continuing to build up slowly in your system. By routinely having your tank pumped, you can prevent your tank from over flowing and causing a momentous disaster in your yard.

Keep an eye out for needed maintenance. To make sure that your tank remains in proper working conditions, it’s a good idea to personally keep an eye out for potential maintenance troubles. For instance, if you smell sewage coming from your plumbing fixtures, this could be a sign that your septic tank is in need of immediate repairs or maintenance. 

If you are concerned with anything, or just aren’t sure, please don’t hesitate to call!



Comments 7

  1. Ashley Turns

    Thank you for letting us know that the only truly safe thing to go down the drain is household water. My husband and I are planning on having our septic tank cleaned and want to make sure we keep it well maintained. We’ll be sure to only flush household water (and no toys) down the drain so we can wait awhile before we have to hire a septic tank cleaning service again.

  2. Ashley Maxwell

    Thanks for your tip to make sure that only waste water from your home goes down the tank. I didn’t know that flushing anything else down could clog it. If someone was considering septic tank pumping for their property, I would assume that they would remember this post.

  3. Roger Middleton

    I liked that you had mentioned that it can be important to watch what goes down the drains because while the tank can hold waste, it’s not meant for anything else and those things can actually cause problems. My family and I have moved into a really nice new home, and the only difference from this home and our previous homes is that this one is using a septic tank. Since I don’t know the last time the septic tank was cleaned, I might have to have a professional come out and clean it, and going forward I will be sure to have my family avoid flushing anything aside from waste down the toilet.

  4. Zidane Shepard

    Thank you for your tips on caring for a septic tank. I especially appreciate your information on regularly pumping your septic tank. I was actually unaware of the process! I will keep this in mind as I search for someone to maintain my septic system.

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