Having a toilet overflow is a gross and overwhelming problem. However, something worse than having your toilet overflow is having your septic tank overflow. Before you have one installed at a new home or your existing home, it’s important to understand a few things about septic systems.
Pump Your Septic Tank
Septic systems are not integrated into the public plumbing systems. For people in rural areas as well as some suburbs, a septic tank is necessary so that your wastewater and sewage will have a place to go. You, as the property owner, are responsible to make sure your septic tank is maintained and cleaned out periodically to ensure that your yard is not covered in sewage in the event that it overflows. You can monitor your septic tank to see when it is near full so you can plan pumping it out around your schedule.
Planning and Investigation
If you are moving into a new home with a brand-new septic system you have the flexibility to see what you are getting ahead of time. According to Brown Concrete, it’s important to choose the right septic system in order to avoid expensive long-term issues. When you purchase a new septic tank or move into a home that already has one, septic companies can outline types of septic systems and how to keep your septic tank running smoothly as well as how to monitor for nearing capacity.
Be Careful What You Flush
Regular toilets can be finicky about what you can flush without clogging, but septic tanks are even more so. Even if your toilet doesn’t get clogged up and overflow, certain items that are not biodegradable are not good for the septic system in general and will not seep into the ground. When the time comes to pump your tank out, you might be surprised at what has not dissolved. Do not flush feminine hygiene products. There is a special toilet paper that is especially for septic tanks. According to Reel, getting a toilet paper with 3-ply makes it so you use less and decrease the risk of clogging your plumbing. Do not flush paper towels, baby wipes, or chemicals. Do not flush plastic, any type of grease or oil, and do not flush cotton swabs. Most of these things should not be flushed down a toilet with a regular plumbing system either.
Being a homeowner can teach you things you never thought you’d need to know. In terms of septic tanks, you’ll be glad you learned how they work long before it’s time to pump yours out. Follow the tips above to ensure you never have a septic disaster in your home.
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