Your septic tank’s job is to hold the wastewater from your septic system while allowing solids to settle down to the bottom of the tank. Septic tanks should be periodically pumped to ensure that they’re functioning optimally.
Sewage is a breeding ground for disease causing germs. Periodic septic tank pumping prevents the buildup of parasites, eliminates foul odors, prevents blockages & pump damage, and minimizes the discharge of raw sewage. Septic tanks should be pumped out and emptied every three to five years.
How frequently you need to pump out your septic tank will depend on different factors such as the size of your household, septic tank size, the volume of solids in wastewater, and quantity of wastewater generated.
Hire a Sebastopol-based septic service to pump out and clean your septic tank. Professionals have specialized tools and equipment for the job. They have extensive knowledge of the pumping process and take all the necessary precautions to avoid potential safety hazards.
Every homeowner should make septic tank maintenance a priority. Regular maintenance minimizes issues and prevents minor issues from snowballing into major problems. Proper, routine maintenance ends up saving you money and headaches down the road.
Here are some ways to care for your septic tank.
Properly Dispose of Waste
Your toilet is not a trash can, so don’t treat it like one. Never flush solid waste such as feminine hygiene products, cat litter, baby wipes, paper towels, tissues, condoms, or dental floss down your toilet as they can clog it.
Maintain Your Drain Field
Avoid planting any plants or trees near your septic tank as their roots may penetrate your tank to create future problems. To prevent damage, do not park vehicles over the drain field. Sump pumps and roof drains should be kept away from the drain field area.
Add Bacteria to Your Septic Tank
Common household items can kill beneficial bacteria. Add beneficial bacteria to maintain the correct level. Biological additives introduce billions of bacteria and enzymes into the tank that help break down solid wastes such as detergents and soaps, helping your tank perform optimally.
Install an Effluent Filter
An effluent filter works to remove solids from wastewater before it enters the drain field. The effluent filter should be replaced every time the tank is serviced. If your septic system does not have an effluent filter, have your plumber install one as soon as possible.
Hydro jet Your Septic Tank
Even if you pump your septic tank periodically, it can accumulate solids and minerals. To get rid of any debris sticking to the internal surfaces of your tank, have your septic tank hydro jetted every five years at the absolute latest.
An overflowing septic tank is a recipe for disaster that can easily be avoided with proper maintenance. Just-In Time Septic Pumping is committed to helping homeowners maintain their septic systems. We help families in Sebastopol avoid any septic mishaps with trustworthy, authentic service. To learn more, call our office at (707) 824-2837.