If you own your own home, the chances are good that you do not spend a lot of time thinking about your septic pumping system. This may not be a problem at all but it can cause problems. It may not be something that occupies a lot of your time but at least 25% of all homes in the United States rely on septic plumbing systems. That means that if you do not think much about septic plumbing, you may want to. Here are some things you can do to keep your septic tanks healthy and happy.
1. Be careful about what you put down your drain.
This is one of the most important things you can do for your plumbing. One way to think about this is to compare your septic plumbing system to your digestive system. In the same way that if you eat certain foods, your stomach will become upset, if you dump certain things down your drain, you will cause it will cause a similar response to your septic pumping system.
There are a few items that should never, under any circumstances find themselves in your septic pumping system. They include diapers (disposable and cloth), feminine hygiene products, fats and oils from cooking, paint, paint thinner, any kind of cat litter (clay cat litter is particularly deadly to septic plumbing systems), cigarettes, dental floss, condoms, paper towels, and paper products.
When you do let these items enter your septic plumbing system, they can cause problems that range from clogs to issues with the local ecosystem. You need bacteria to stay healthy and happy to keep your septic tank equally healthy and happy. Some experts in plumbing will say that there is no problem that comes from flushing these items or pouring them down your drain but those people should not be believed. Keep those items out of your plumbing system to keep it running happy and clog free and to not kill off the bacteria you need to keep the system working well.
2. Watch the drain field.
Plants, vines, and roots are great for your yard but they are not friends of your septic plumbing system. If you want to keep your septic pumping system running healthy and happy, the next best thing (after not pouring cat litter into it) is to keep an eye on the plants that are all around your home.
When roots and the like find their way into your septic system, nothing good can come from it. One of the main causes of drain failure and problems with plumbing is root infiltration that gets in the way. You can prevent this by planting your trees, shrubs, and vines away from your plumbing structures.
3. Invest in routine maintenance.
Most homeowners never think about their septic plumbing or pumping until they have a major problem with it. The reason that is a bad idea is that you can get small problems taken care of earlier when they are less expensive to deal with, only if you have someone come in and look at your plumbing.
When you wait until you have massive problems with your septic plumbing, you only option will be a big repair, which will include a big repair bill. On the other hand, if you take the time to have regular and routine maintenance done on your septic plumbing system, you may find all of the small problems that are lurking in your system and deal with them before they become big and hard to deal with.
The very good news is that you can have qualified people come into your home and do routine inspections of your plumbing system on a regular basis to make sure everything is running as it should. In the short run, this will cost you more. In the long run, it will save you a ton of time and money. When it comes to your plumbing, an ounce of prevention is totally worth a pound of cure.
As a homeowner, you may not like the idea of spending a lot of time thinking about and dealing with your septic pumping system or on your septic tank treatment but that time is well spent.