Septic System Care & Tank Tips from Templeton
Septic system care is fairly simple and can greatly reduce surprise inconveniences such as septic backup, foul odors, or a soggy drain field. We will send you a postcard when it is time to pump your septic tank again. Here is a handy maintenance record log example to help you keep track of all services.
Water purification systems such as water softeners often unnecessarily drain into the septic system. This can cause agitation of the solids and excessive water flow into the drain field. Check with your local plumber to discuss alternate drain routes for such systems.
Eliminating the use of a garbage disposal is recommended. Using a garbage disposal can create larger amounts of sludge on the bottom of your tank and may require more frequent pumping. Also, much of the grease, oils, and scraps of food that are ground up do not decompose in the same manner as waste does.
Household cleaners are another item to be aware of regarding your septic system. While your system will recover in a short period of time from mild cleansers, many are toxic to your system and can do more harm than good. Labels that read “septic safe” are largely a marketing tool. The best way to prevent damage to your system is to minimize the drainage of household cleaners into your tank.
While doing all of the household laundry in one day seems like a super efficient way to handle tasks, washing load after load can be tough on your septic system. Continued wash cycles do not give your septic system enough time to adequately treat the waste, and can flood your drainfield. Spread your water usage throughout the week and use an energy efficient washing machine for optimal conditions.
Plant only grass on top of and around your septic tank. Roots from shrubs, trees or plants can damage your septic system and cause early failure.