How to Care for Your Septic Tank
Like most people, you probably never think about your septic tank and only realize that it’s there when signs of problems start to show, such as sewage and water backing up into your home, sluggish drainage, standing water near the tank, bad odors from the drain and around the tank, and strange gurgling noises in your plumbing. To avoid costly repairs, consider practicing septic tank treatment.
Caring for your septic tank is one of the most important things you should do to avoid emergencies. Maintaining it is not that complicated and it does not have to be expensive either. Here are some of the things you can do for its upkeep:
Inspect the pump frequently
Regular inspections and maintenance with a septic tank treatment powder could help keep the system healthy during the window between pumpings, which are done around three to five years.
If the tank is buried underground, expose the top so you can check and access it properly. With a shovel, remove enough dirt until you see the top of your septic tank and the manhole. Make sure you don’t drive the shovel into the system as you dig, and uncover the tank sufficiently for inspection. Remember to bury it again when you are finished.
Be sure to check on these features once you have unearthed the septic tank:
- Damage or cracks
- Dents and rust
- Serious damage that may require professional repair
Too much rust and corrosion may require a new tank.
Use water efficiently
Too much water is bad for your septic tank as it can cause overloading. So, make it a point to control what goes into it and conserve water. Here are some suggestions for efficient water use:
- Choose water-saving appliances and toilets
- Pace out your laundry loads
- Get toilet leaks fixed immediately
- Shorten your showers
- Don’t use faucets on maximum flows
Dispose of waste properly
Too much solids could result in sludge build-up. So use your garbage disposal wisely, preferably only for cleaning out the fine scraps collecting in the strainer of your drain. Otherwise, you might need to get septic tank maintenance done more frequently.
Fats can also become scum in the tank, so skim them off or let them solidify before disposing of them in the garbage, or make a compost pile for any food waste.
Thinking of cleaning your toilets, sinks, or drains? Too much household chemicals could also do more harm than good, as they could kill the good bacteria in the tank. You may use a specially formulated septic tank treatment powder from TruFusion™, as it’s formulated to be septic safe. But avoid dumping the waste water you used for cleaning latex paint brushes or cans into your household sewage system.
Maintain the drainfield
Avoid driving over the drainfield as your vehicle might be too heavy and crack a pipe while compacting the soil and making it less capable of absorbing water. Make sure there are no plants near the drainfield, too, as the roots could get into the pipes and cause clogging. Grass, however, is good for that area as it prevents erosion and absorbs water.
More DIY maintenance
Sometimes, a plumber might not be able to come to your home immediately for septic tank maintenance. Certain situations such as the COVID-19 pandemic might make it difficult to schedule routine inspections, which must be normally done every three to four months.
However, that doesn’t mean waiting until the pandemic is over. You can do the maintenance and septic tank treatment yourself with like TruFusion™ CAREFREE Septic Treatment. It’s specially formulated with dual-action natural bacteria and enzymes that effectively eat away grease, organic matter, paper hair, soap scum, and food, so you can count on it to break down common organic materials in your septic tank. It also adds good bacteria and enzymes to the system to keep it in good shape until professionals can come over again.
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