When it comes to taking care of your septic tank, there are lots of big and little steps you take every day to take care of the septic tank. The key is taking care of these things on a regular basis so the septic tank will continue to operate and do its job.
1: Get a Yearly Inspection
The truth is that a septic tank is a complex system that requires a professional to check up on it and makes sure everything operates smoothly. One of the best ways to do that is by getting your septic tank inspected at least once a year. You want to have a certified on-site system maintainer, also known as OSM, to perform this inspection.
A yearly inspection will let you know what state your septic system is in and will help you figure out what next steps to take in order to keep the septic system in good working order.
2: Get Your Tank Pumped on Time
When you get a yearly septic tank inspection, your inspector will be able to let you know when you should get your septic tank pumped. A good rule of thumb is to get your tank pumped every few years.
The more waste you send through the septic system, the more often you need to get your septic tank pumped. So, if you run your dishwasher daily and wash clothes every day and have multiple people using the toilet and shower, you need to get your septic tank pumped on a more regular basis.
Pumping the septic tank essentially removes the waste that doesn't break down naturally in the system. Also, the bacteria set-up of your septic tank is usually adjusted after your tank is pumped.
3: Think About How You Use Your Water
Third, think about how you use water in your home. Every time you use water, it doesn't just disappear down the drains, it goes into your septic tank. It is smart, as a homeowner with a septic tank, to consider the various ways you can reduce your water usage to reduce the strain on your system.
For example, you can install a low-flow showerhead, so you use less water in the shower, without even realizing it. Or you can install an aerator on your faucets in order to use less water every time you use since. Each upgrade you make to use less water will benefit your septic tank as well.
When it comes to owning a septic tank, make sure you get it inspected on a yearly basis, get it pumped every three to five years, and implement ways to reduce your water usage.
For more information about septic pumping, contact a septic service.