No More Stinky Septic Problems

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No More Stinky Septic Problems

When I moved into my new house, I assumed that the residence used a city sewage system like the four houses I lived in previously. The homeowner did not tell me about the septic tank and I did not think to ask. Not only was I not informed of the septic system, but I was not told that the tank had not been cleaned in six years. I started to smell a foul odor from my toilet soon after I moved in and there seemed to be a disgusting discharge building on my lawn. I knew that I had a serious problem when raw sewage started to come back up through my toilet. After an investigation by a plumber and an emergency septic service call, my septic tank was emptied and repaired. I now know that septic care is extremely important and I want you to know this too.


Septic System Maintenance

If you have ever had problems with your septic tank, you know that it is much better to maintain your septic system, than it is to have to repair your septic system. However, it can be a little bit difficult to know what to do to keep your septic system up and running properly. You will find different products at stores that claim they can help your septic system, but the truth is that you can maintain your septic system with just a few simple steps. Here are just a few ways that you can maintain your septic system.

Determine Where Your Septic System Is

One of the first steps of maintaining your septic system is knowing exactly where the septic tank and drain field are. The reason that this is so important is because you could be putting unwanted pressure on the tank. If your septic system is in your front yard, and you are continuously parking in the front yard, you could be doing damage to the septic tank. You could also be parking in the septic drain field, which can also cause damage to the system. Simply knowing where your septic tank and septic drain field are located can be a huge help. 

Be Careful What You Put Down Your System

One of the very best ways to keep your system running at full capacity is to put a garbage can by each sink and each toilet. This may sound very simple, and this step is very easy, but it can make a very big difference in your septic system. Most of the time that a septic system is pumped, a great deal of garbage is found in the system.

Things such as plastic wrappers, plastic bags, condoms, cigarette butts, and many other non-biodegradable pieces of garbage. Simply put a garbage can by the sink and toilet to ensure these pieces of garbage do not find their way into the septic system.

Be Wary of Liquid Drain Cleaners

Speaking of what you put down the system, be very careful with how often you use liquid drain cleaner. Your septic system requires that bacteria cultures live and thrive in the system. These bacteria cultures help break down the sewage. However, the liquid drain cleaners can easily kill these bacteria. So, instead of using liquid drain cleaners try using a pipe snake or better yet, have a plumber come and clean the pipes for you. They will be able to use a jet pressure washer to wash your pipes out.  

To learn more about caring for your septic system, contact services like DAN'S ALL AMERICAN PLUMBING LLC.