When you living in a house that runs on a septic system, you quickly realize that it is totally different from a home that runs on a typical sewer system. There are many differences you need to be aware of and there are several things that you simply can’t do when you have a septic system.

In today’s post, we’re sharing three of our top tips that you should never do when you have a septic tank system. Use this list to make sure that you’re doing what is best for your system, and your home, in general, to keep your family healthy and safe at home.
1. Be careful with what you flush

Just because something can be flushed, doesn’t mean that it should be. Dense and heavy substances that take on moisture and hold it in are an absolute no-no for the health of your septic system. These types of substances can build up inside of your system and clump together causing serious issues with the functioning mechanisms. They take up space and are also difficult for technicians to remove altogether.

So-called “flushable” items like personal hygiene products, diapers, or even baby wipes really shouldn’t be flushed in general, no matter your plumbing system, but especially not if you’re running on a septic tank system.

Rule of thumb: The more solids flushed down your septic tank results in clogging the system which means you will need to pump and clean your tank out more often than normal.
2. Avoid putting food waste down the garbage disposal

While it is common for little food scraps to go down your sink when you’re washing off dishes, you do want to make sure to avoid letting a lot of food waste to go down your garbage disposal.

With a septic system, all of that food waste ends up taking up space in your septic tank. This is a major issue because it can quickly add up over time. This can fill up your septic tank faster than normal and can lead to overflow in between your regularly scheduled pumping and cleaning visits from your Meinco Wastewater team.

Rule of thumb: Skip the disposal when it comes to food removal and toss the large scraps into your trash can (or food compost) before you wash the dishes. This can help save your system from unnecessary clogging and help you to avoid a wastewater headache for you and your family.
3. Regularly maintain your system

Septic tank systems generally do not need a great deal of maintenance. However, they do require regular maintenance, meaning you should have a maintenance schedule with our team.

We recommending that you should pump your septic tank every two to three years for optimum health of the system. Having your system looked over and any needed additives put in every year is a good rule of thumb when it comes to homes with septic systems. Skipping over these maintenance visits could result in problems for your home.

Rule of thumb: Avoid wastewater emergencies and headaches by keeping up with your scheduled maintenance visits. When you know the things you should avoid when it comes to your septic tank system, you can be sure you’re doing what’s best for your home for years to come.

Have additional questions on maintaining your home septic system? Let’s talk! Call the Meinco Wastewater team today at 501-821-3837!

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