When you have a septic tank, you want to make sure that you take good care of it. You don't want your septic tank to ever get backed-up; that can create a large mess. You can prevent your septic tank from getting backed up and needing emergency maintenance from a plumbing repair service by taking care of it properly. With proper care, your septic tank will just need a yearly inspection and regular pumping instead of emergency care and maintenance.
Be Careful with What You Put Down Your Drain
One of the biggest ways you can take care of your septic tank is by being careful with what you put down your drains. All the items that go through your sink and toilet end up in your septic tank eventually.
Not everything that you can put down your drains is actually good for your septic tank or will break down properly inside of your septic tank. In your kitchen, try to keep both cooking oils and fats out of your sink. When you back things that create a lot of fat, such as bacon, scrap the fat out into a fat and grease container or into your trash instead of down your sink.
In your bathroom sink, don't let nail clippings and cleaning products go down your drain. If you have a utility room sink, don't pour paint thinners and similar products down those drains.
Your toilet is the biggest area you need to be careful with. The only thing that you should flush down your toilet beside waste products is toilet paper. Other personal products, from wipes to disposable diapers to paper towels to feminine hygiene products should not go down your toilet. These items can get stuck in the drainage pipes to your septic tank and do not break down properly once they make it to your septic tank.
Be Careful with Chemicals
Next, make sure that you are careful with chemicals. Your septic tank has a unique chemical balance that it maintains that allows materials to separate and break down within your septic tank. When you use a jug of bleach to clean out your tub, it can disrupt the balance inside of your septic tank.
Try to use as many natural cleaners to clean out your sinks and tubs as possible. Stay away from strong chemicals to keep the balance in your tank at the right levels.
Be Careful with Plants
You also need to be careful with what you plant in your yard. Do not plant trees or bushes near your septic tank or septic tank drainage field. Stick to vegetation that has short roots, such as flowers and grass, to cover up those areas. You don't want to plant anything that can develop long roots, which may damage your pipes and tanks, anywhere near your septic tank.