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 Tank Maintenance

A septic system is a self contained way to rid your home of waste. it is important that your septic system is well maintained, or you could end up with a major sewage problem. The problem is that a septic system must be treated much differently than being hooked up to the city sewer. There are a few different actions that you can take that will help you keep your septic system functioning properly at all times. Here are a few ways to maintain your septic system.


Knowing the location of your septic system and drain field is very important. Often the septic tank is a few feet below the lowest point in the house, and is just a few feet from the house. The drain field is usually on the outskirts of the yard. If you do not know where the tank and drain system are then you could be parking your vehicles on them, or you could even dig into them if you are not careful. The weight of a vehicle on top of a septic tank could be enough to crack the tank, and then you will have to replace the tank, which is extremely expensive. Hire a plumber to come and locate the tank and the drain field for you. 


Your septic system relies on bacteria to break down the sewage, but if you are not careful then you could be killing off the bacteria. One of the worst things that you can do with a septic system is use harsh chemical cleaners to clean the pipes. The liquid drain cleaners have a very high PH and can actually kill off the bacteria. Another cardinal sin when it comes to your septic system is overuse of a garbage disposal. A good rule of thumb to use when hooked up to a septic system is to simply throw it away if at all possible. 


No matter how well you try to maintain your septic system sewage will start to build up and back up. It is for this reason that you need to have your septic tank pumped about every other year. This is the best way to ensure that you do not have a backed up and blocked septic system. Having the system pumped by a professional, such as from B&E Septic Services, is a simple process, and they help keep your system running for the years to come.