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3 (Unexpected) Easy Ways To Avoid Septic Troubles

If you have a septic tank, you probably know that you need to have it pumped out at least once every three to five years. You probably also know that you should avoid pouring things like oil and cleaning solvents in your septic tank. But, did you know that in addition to routine pumping (from companies like Zeb Watts Septic & Underground, Inc.) and avoiding oils and solvents, there are some things you can do that will keep your tank healthy? Here are three tips that will help prevent septic problems.

Repair Leaky Faucets

It's only one leaky faucet. It can't really harm anything. Right? Wrong. If you have a leaky faucet, that water is continuously draining into your septic tank. While it might seem like a small amount, it can build up, especially if it's a continuous leak. Too much water in the tank can lead to septic failure, which can result in raw sewage backing up into your yard and bathtubs. Avoid messy back-ups by repairing leaky faucets and toilets as soon as you find them.

Limit Your Laundry

Laundry is another water issue that can have dire consequences for your septic tank. If you consider the number of baths and showers your family takes on a daily basis, add in the loads of dirty dishes you do each day, doing those extra loads of laundry each day can take a toll on your septic tank. There are two ways you can reduce the stress on your septic tank.

Reduce the Days You Do Laundry

If you're doing laundry every day, you may be overworking your septic tank. Try cutting your laundry back to every other day instead. This will allow the water in the seepage pit to absorb into the ground before the next loads are done.

Run a Gray Water Line

If you can't cut back on the laundry days, you might want to consider installing a greywater line, which is a pipe that attaches to the drainage hose on your washing machine. The gray water line will drain water into your yard instead of septic tank. While you can't use greywater to irrigate vegetable gardens, you can use it to irrigate your lawn or your flower beds. Be sure to check with your local government before installing a greywater line. They are prohibited in some communities.

Keep the Clean-Out Traps Covered

You might not know this, but you have clean-out traps located outside around the perimeter of your home. Those clean-out pipes allow plumbers to access your drain pipes in the event of clogs. If the covers are left off those clean-out pipes during a rain storm, your septic tank can be flooded by rainwater. When that happens, you'll need to have your septic tank pumped as soon as possible. To prevent this, inspect your covers once a week to ensure they're attached properly.

You can keep your septic tank in good condition by having it serviced on a regular basis. In addition, follow these simple guidelines to help keep your septic tank healthy longer.