HOW TO MAINTAIN A SEPTIC SYSTEM
Maintaining your home's septic system may seem like an overwhelming (and stinky) task, but it doesn't have to be! If you learn the dos and don'ts of septic maintenance inside your home and use a quality monthly septic tank treatment product like Simple Green Septic Guardian, you can keep your system healthy and flowing.
The first step in any maintenance plan is to understand how your septic system works and to know where it's located. Here's a basic overview to get you started.
How Septic Systems Work
A typical septic system consists of a septic tank and a drainfield (or soil absorption field). Your septic tank digests organic matter (such as grease and oil) along with solids from the wastewater.
It's important to understand that all water runs from your house into a single main drainpipe that leads to your septic system. This means anything you put into your toilet, sink, shower, washing machine, etc. all winds up in your tank!
Once bacteria and other microorganisms eat away at any organic matter, liquid wastewater exits the septic tank into the drain or leach field which consists of a series of perforated pipes.
These pipes allow wastewater to either evaporate, or filter through the soil. This process naturally removes harmful coliform bacteria, viruses, and nutrients.
It's important to note that if your drainfield becomes overloaded with too much liquid it can flood, causing sewage to float up into your yard or create stinky backups in toilets and sinks. Overflows and backups are costly to fix (and pretty disgusting) which is why monthly septic tank maintenance is critical.
Septic Tank Maintenance Do's and Don'ts
Here are some important septic tank dos and don'ts to keep your system flowing and avoid backups.
Directions for Monthly Septic Tank Maintenance:
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