Septic Tank Maintenance Tips that Won’t Cost You a Fortune

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If you’re like most homeowners, septic tank maintenance falls way down on your to-do list, lost somewhere between cleaning rain gutters and organizing your garage. Unfortunately, without regular care for your septic tank, the entire system will be a breakdown waiting to happen. This may turn out to be a messy and costly affair.

Septic Tank Maintenance Tips that Won’t Cost You a Fortune

Here are some budget-friendly septic tank maintenance tips for avoiding this unfortunate fate:

  • Spread Your Water Usage Evenly. Sudden, large volumes of water can overwhelm your septic tank, stirring up solids and pushing them out into the drain field. Instead of performing high water-use activities simultaneously, consider staggering them throughout the week to avoid overwhelming your tank. This means moving laundry and house cleaning to separate days.
  • Be Mindful of What Goes Down the Drains. Kitty litter, cooking grease, hair – your drains may seem like an easy way to dispose of such waste, but these items wreak havoc on your septic system. Use trash cans instead, and be aware of what goes into kitchen sinks, toilets, and bathrooms.
  • Chemicals May be Harmful. While bleach and other harsh chemicals may keep things clean above ground, they harm the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank that help break down waste. Consider toning down on their usage or, better yet, using bio-friendly cleaners where possible.
  • Schedule Regular Pumping. Additionally, you should plan to have your tank pumped every three years to remove solid sludge before it can build up and flow into your drain field. Pumping is far more cost-effective than excavating and replacing a clogged field!
  • Schedule Regular Inspections. Whether annual or included in your pumping schedule, regular inspections will empower your septic tank maintenance efforts. A professional will alert you to any issues needing urgent repair before they escalate into bigger problems. This will ensure that your other efforts don’t go to waste due to something that’s most probably beyond your control.