When your septic drains are all working properly, toilets flush with ease, and you’re not having any issues with bad smells or odors, it’s easy to forget the health of your septic system. But, in order to keep your septic system at optimum health, some action is highly recommended and at times required, on your part as a homeowner.

To keep your septic system healthy and functioning at it’s best, here are a few of our expert tips you should keep in mind.

When the goal is to protect your septic systems’ health and functionality, using it correctly as best as possible is a given. Do this by making it a family effort by establishing household rules for what family members should and shouldn’t flush down the toilet or pour down the drain. It’s best to recommend that everyone avoid placing all products and substances into the toilet and drains except small amounts of septic-safe toilet tissue and minimal amounts of any type of cleaning and personal care products. Pro Tip: Place a special trash can beside the toilets in the sink at home to help keep these items out of your drains and in the trash can where they can easily be disposed of.

Septic tanks develop a layer of “sludge” on the bottom as bacteria works to break down solid waste that’s been flushed down your system. As the sludge amount increases in your septic tank, the liquid waste above it also increases. If the tank becomes too full, the bacterial process in the tank slows down causing your system to become less efficient or even come to a complete stop. If your septic tank becomes too full, you could experience sewage backups into your home
, leaks in your septic tank, joints, pooling of raw sewage to the surface, or worst-case scenarios such as complete failure of the septic system.

The best way to avoid these problems is to set up a regular pumping schedule with our team at Meinco Wastewater Systems. Pumping the tank on a regular schedule may be all the maintenance needed to extend the life of your septic system. Simply give us a call to discuss this if it sounds like something you might be interested in.

3. Dishwasher and laundry detergents that are commonly used in average households can actually have a negative effect on the healthy bacterial activity in your home septic system. However, you don’t have to necessarily give up your favorite cleaning products but you can try using an approved, septic-safe additive instead.

If you decide to use an additive, you should choose a specifically designed septic tank product with enzymes or bacterial agents. For additional clarification on our best tips for using additives with your system, contact us so we can guide you in the right direction.

While all of these tips can help you extend the lifespan of your septic system, they can’t reverse the damage of a system that is already failing. To learn more about your septic system and how to tackle any issues you may be having, contact one of our experts at Meinco Wastewater Systems. Whether you choose to call or make an appointment for us to come to you, we are ready and able to help with all your septic system care and maintenance needs. Call us today!

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