Homes that are not connected to a municipal sewer system rely on septic systems for waste management. Septic systems typically do a great job of managing waste, but they don't last forever. Since replacing a septic system can be quite costly, most people want to get as many years as possible out of their current septic system. If your home has a septic system, use the following tips to extend its lifespan.
1. Never Skip Annual Inspections
One of the easiest ways to extend the lifespan of your septic system is by scheduling regular inspections. When you have your septic system inspected annually, small issues can be detected promptly and repaired before they become major problems. Prompt repairs of small issues can help make your septic tank last longer as well as assist in avoiding a premature failure of your septic system due to major problems.
2. Lower the Amount of Water Going into the Septic System
Every drop of water that enters your septic system has to be treated and disposed of. If your septic system is inundated with excess water year after year, it will not last as long as it would if you reduce the water load. An easy way to lower the amount of water entering the septic system is by installing low-flow toilets and low-flow faucets, paying attention to your water usage, and educating your family about turning off the water when it doesn't need to be on. For example, don't leave the water running while you are brushing your teeth.
3. Avoid Using a Garbage Disposal
When your home has a septic system, it is in your best interest to completely avoid using a garbage disposal. Using a garbage disposal on a regular basis introduces more solids and fats into your septic system, which can cause problems. Instead of using a garbage disposal, just make sure that all leftover food is disposed of in the trash can before washing dishes.
4. Don't Drain Water into Your Leach Field
The leach field connected to your septic system is essential in properly disposing liquid waste from your house. Make sure that you know where your leach field is, and avoid draining water in the area. Roof drains, sump pump drains, and foot drains should be diverted to ensure that they do not flood the leach field and reduce its effectiveness.
5. Get Your Septic Tank Pumped
During a septic tank inspection, the waste level in your septic tank will be checked. If the technician notes that it is time to have your tank pumped, make sure that you do so as soon as possible. Neglecting to have your septic tank pumped can cause your septic system to fail, and you will have a disgusting mess in your home as sewage comes up from the drains inside the house.
To schedule your inspection or pumped, contact your local septic tank contractor, such as A Aaron Super Rooter Sewer & Septic.