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Residential Septic Systems: How To Keep Your Septic System Healthy

by Tara Pena

The septic system of your home processes all of your waste-water from your everyday life. If you want to keep your septic system healthy and running well for years to come, it is important that you maintain it, including regular, professional pumping services.

So how do you maintain your septic system? Here are four important methods:

1. Limit Your Water Usage

Contrary to what you may believe, your septic system cannot process an infinite amount of water. In order to function properly, your system needs time to process and filter the water and waste. To keep your system healthy, avoid using multiple water-using appliances all at once—or in quick succession.

Even if you are busy, try to space out your laundry and dish duties—as well as personal things, such as showers—by at least a few hours. If you cannot do that on a regular basis, consider installing upgraded appliances in your home, such as low-flow showerheads or low-flush toilets.

2. Be Careful About What Goes Down the Drain

It is incredibly important that you carefully watch what goes down your drains—all of them. If it is not water or human waste, it shouldn't go down the drain, even if you believe it is safe. Other items, such as tampons or chicken bones, can cause serious issues in your piping and septic system.

In addition, try to limit the types of chemicals that make it down your pipes. Chemicals, such as bleach, kill off the natural bacteria in your septic system; without bacteria, the items inside your tank can't be broken down. If you don't want to worry about what chemicals make it down your drain, use chemicals that are labeled "septic safe."

3. Utilize Bacterial Additives

Like it or not, bacteria is necessary in your septic tank. Everyday cleaning and hygiene products can easily kill the bacteria, which leaves your tank full of solid waste—which is not what you want. Fortunately, you can add bacteria back into your tank with bacterial additives.

Simply purchase a bacterial additive at your local store and follow its directions. In general, you should use additives about once per month to help keep your septic tank healthy.

4. Maintain the Ground

Another thing you should focus on is keeping the ground above, and surrounding, the tank healthy. Make sure that there are no heavy objects, plants, or items on the tank field or near it. If you have plants nearby, make sure you trim them regularly and watch out for their roots as roots can easily obstruct the pipes.

By utilizing these tips, along with professional pumping services, you can ensure that your septic tank stays healthy and functional for several years. For more information, talk to a professional like American Pumping Service.