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How To Prevent Common Septic Tank System Problems

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Homeowners with a septic tank system have different ways in which they should be caring for their plumbing. This is because a septic tank works much differently than a sewage system that is connected to a main plumbing line. There are a few common problems that homeowners must be aware of when it comes to their septic tank system, which includes excess water being backed up and more. Here are some ways to prevent these common problems from happening:

Spread Out Laundry: If you are continuously doing laundry on a daily basis, you need to consider spreading it out. This is because when you are doing laundry on a daily basis, you are filling up the septic tank with a great deal of water that can be difficult for the tank to filter through quickly resulting in excess water backing up into your home.

Quicker Showers: If you have a problem with excess water being backed up into your home from the septic tank, but you can't think of a major reason for the problem, it could possibly be because showers are too long. This is typically the cause in larger families where many people are taking a shower in the day. If the showers are long, then this is going to cause a great deal of water to go to the septic tank that needs to be filtered through. 

Use Liquid Soap: If there is a great deal of scum build up in the septic tank, there won't be room for much water throughout the day. To eliminate the amount of scum stuck in the septic tank, consider using liquid soaps for both the dishwasher and the sink. Liquid soap breaks down more easily than powdered soaps. 

Don't Put Oil Down the Drain: Putting oil down the drain in the sink not only causes problems with the draining pipes, but also with the septic tank system. The oil can get stuck around the edges of the tank meaning that it will not break down whatsoever. This can eliminate the amount of room for water in the septic tank and eventually means that you will have to replace the tank sooner rather than later.

Pump the System: It is extremely important that you have your septic tank system pumped on a regular basis. You should be doing this every two to four years depending on the size of your household. For example, larger families should have it pumped more often since there is more build up from heavier use of water in the home. By doing this, your septic tank system can continue to run efficiently for a longer amount of time before needing to be replaced.

By using these prevention methods for common problems with septic tank systems, you can save yourself a good amount of money on both repairs and replacement of the tank. For more information, contact a business such as Soares Sanitation Pumping Inc.