Are you the new owner of a home with a septic tank? Are you used to living in the city and being hooked up to the city sewer line? Having a house with a septic tank doesn't have to be complicated, but there are still things that you should do and that you should not do to avoid future problems. Before you move into your new home, here are some things that you should keep in mind about having a septic tank:
No more laundry day: Many people are used to doing laundry all on one day. They may spend every Saturday washing all of the dirty bedding, towels, clothes and whatever else needs to be done. If your home is hooked up to the city sewer system, this is fine. Unfortunately, this practice doesn't work well if your home has a septic tank. Too much water at once can overwhelm a septic tank; not allowing solids to settle and pushing good bacteria out of the system. While the tank may be able to recover on its own if you only do excessive laundry once or twice, persisting on continuing in this way can cause serious problems. The only cure for this may be to have a septic pumping service clean out your septic tank so that you can start over. Instead, you should do your laundry over the course of the week. Depending on how much laundry you actually have to do and how big of a tank you have, you may want to consider something like washing clothes on Mondays, towels and light linens on Wednesdays and large bedding on Saturdays. A schedule like this will give your septic tank enough time to process the waste water.
Use ordinary soap: Many people use antibacterial soaps for health reasons. Unfortunately, antibacterial soaps can be bad for you and bad for the environment. They're rarely any more effective on your skin than ordinary soap, but they can wreak havoc in a septic tank. As the antibacterial chemicals pile up in the tank, the beneficial bacteria in the tank will die off. As a result, the tank will no longer be able to digest and process waste solids. Unlike the bacteria being pushed out by excess water from laundry, the antibacterial chemicals can prevent the tank from recovering at all. If too many antibacterial products have been used, your only recourse is going to be paying for a septic pumping service to remove the old sludge. Once the antibacterial products are gone, your septic tank should recover.
Purchase bacteria and enzymes: Even if you don't use antibacterial soap, your septic tank may still struggle with maintaining sufficient levels of bacteria. Antibiotic medicine can be excreted in urine and feces, eventually winding up in the tank. Cold weather can also inhibit bacterial growth. A bout of bacterial pneumonia that's been treated with antibiotics is unlikely to stop your septic tank from working. However, the conditions at the time may be such that the tank's efficiency can drop. Your local septic pumping services, such as George W Shepard & Son Inc, may either sell or recommend a bacterial & enzymatic product that can help keep your septic tank functioning properly. When used as directed, you may be able to postpone having to have your tank pumped out.