When you have a septic system, it’s important to be septic smart to keep your system healthy and avoid expensive repairs. In honor of SepticSmart Week (Sept. 20-24), here are some tips from the EPA to stay septic smart.
You should have your septic system professionally inspected every 3-5 years or based on your local health department’s recommendations. If you aren’t sure when it was last inspected or if it’s been 3 or more years, it’s time to make a call to the experts at Crews Environmental.
Pump it Out
Your septic tank should be pumped every 3 to 5 years. The frequency will vary depending on the number of people in the household, the size of your septic tank, and if there is a garbage disposal. Pumping out your septic system as part of your regular maintenance can help you avoid future expensive plumbing repairs.
Avoid Harsh Products
Oils, grease, cleaning chemicals, medications, and other harsh products can cause damage to your septic tank if they go down the drain. When these items go down your drains, they can damage or clog your pipes.
Trash it, Don’t Flush it
The only things that should be flushed down the toilet are toilet paper and human waste. Baby wipes, floss, cat litter, and other solid waste items can clog your pipes and damage your septic system. When in doubt, throw it out.
Septic drain fields and tanks are typically made from a set of plastic pipes and underground filtration trenches. Avoid parking your vehicles on the tank or drain field as the weight can damage the pipes or compact the soil causing issues with wastewater filtering into the ground.
When using septic tank additives or cleaners, be sure to follow your system’s directions. When not used correctly, they can cause more harm than good.
Be sure to repair leaks as quickly as possible to avoid overloading the system. When you have a leak, the extra water can put a strain on your system and increase the chances of backup into your home.
Maintain Your Roots
Keep plants and other vegetation maintained regularly to avoid the roots from blocking drains. Remember that roots from trees or shrubs can be longer than you realize, which may result in them becoming entangled with the pipes. By keeping your roots maintained, you reduce the risk of drainage and plumbing issues.
Soaps and Detergents
When using soaps and detergents, try to use products that are biodegradable, low-suds, or low- or phosphate-free. Harsh soaps and detergents can cause damage to your pipes and septic system. The experts at Crews Environmental are always here to help keep your septic system in top shape. Crews Environmental is the leading company for septic system maintenance services in Fort Myers and Cape Coral. We are available 24/7 for any emergency pumpout needs! Call us today at 239-332-1986 to schedule a same-day appointment!