4 Keys To Taking Care Of Your Septic System

Your septic system is responsible for filtering all the waste that comes from your home. It is an integral, although hidden, system in your home. When it comes to taking care of your septic system, you need to follow a few key steps.

1. Stick to a Responsible Pumping Schedule

First, you need to make sure you stick to a responsible pumping schedule. How often your septic system needs to be pumped depends on your household's size and the size of your septic tank. A technician who inspects your tank every year can let you know when your tank should be pumped. Many people follow a general rule of getting their tank pumped every three to five years.

It is best not to wait when it comes to pumping your tank. The longer you wait, the greater the chance of your tank overflowing, which can lead to expensive repairs.

2. Always Get the Tank Cleaned with High-Pressure Water Jetting 

After you get your tank pumped, you should get it cleaned with high-pressure water jetting. This is a separate and additional service on top of getting your tank pumped. Getting your tank washed with high-pressure water jets will remove the debris that wasn't pumped out of your tank, such as if it was stuck to the sides. Jetting your tank will help get rid of solids that are clogging things up. This is a simple process that will help your tank operate as effectively as possible.

3. Add Bacteria Additives

Third, you are going to want to add bacteria additives to your tank. It depends upon live organic bacteria to break down items in your septic tank. Unfortunately, the introduction of things such as bleach and other cleaning products can result in the bacteria your septic system relies on getting killed, thus slowing down the efficient operation of your septic system.

Bacteria additives are easy to add to your septic system. You can flush them down your toilet or flush them down your sink, depending on the type of additive. Bacteria additives will help clean your pipes and allow your septic system to maintain its delicate operating balance.

4. Use An Effluent Filter

If your system doesn't have an effluent filter, you should add one. It helps stops solids from getting into your drain field, which can be expensive to fix. You will need to clean and service the filter regularly.

If you want to keep your septic system working correctly, you are going to want to stick to a responsible pumping plan, get your tank cleaned with high-pressure water jetting, add bacteria additives, and use an effluent filter. Contact a septic cleaning service for more information.