Did you recently move to a home with a septic system installed rather than traditional plumbing? There are a few major differences between a traditional plumbing system and a septic system. A licensed septic service like ours at Affordable Septic Services can provide advice about the best way to maintain your system. In the meantime, here are some of the essential dos and don’ts of a septic system that you should know.

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Do Get It Pumped Regularly

Many people who have septic systems on their property neglect to do this one thing that is perhaps the most important thing you can do to keep your septic system maintained. You should have your septic tank system pumped once every two years, but the recommendation is that if you are hard on your plumbing that you should do it even more often than that.

Don’t Have a Designated Laundry Day

It might sound trivial, but “laundry day” is hard on septic systems. You are dumping a lot of water, debris, and chemical detergent into your septic tank all in one day. This can be a lot for your septic tank to take on. Instead, consider doing laundry all throughout the week so that you are not overloading and abusing your system too much in a short period of time.

Do Use Water Efficient Appliances

Whenever possible, use water efficient appliances. There are actually a lot of options out there in terms of washing machines, dishwashers, and fixtures (like faucets and disposals) that use less water and are still just as effective. Overloading the septic tank with too much water at a time can mean that your septic tank takes a beating and might stop functioning properly under the increased workload.

Affordable Septic Services_February_Septic Systems Dos and Don'ts_Image2Don’t Use Chemical Cleaners

Commercial drain cleaners and cleaning products might be effective at clearing clogs and making your tub and toilet sparkle, but they are pretty bad for your septic system. Your septic system works with bacteria that eat away at the waste, but the chemicals in commercial products kill the bacteria and can even corrode the plumbing on the way to the septic tank. There are a lot of green products available on the market that will help clear clogs and clean as well as other commercial products do.

Keeping your septic tank running clear requires some knowledge on your part about how it works as well as knowing what you should and should not do to prevent damage. Call a septic service today about other ideas to keep your septic tank running properly.