Septic systems provide an affordable and effective method by which small-scale sewage can be treated for homeowners who lack access to a primary sewage pipeline. Poor maintenance or a lack of awareness of septic system basics can create a stinky and expensive mess on a homeowner’s property. By having your septic tank serviced regularly and following the septic system maintenance advice provided below, you can maximize the life of your septic tank and prevent most potential septic system problems. For additional peace of mind and financial security, consider having your septic system covered by a home warranty.
Some of the most common septic tank troubles originate in the kitchen, where tough-to-degrade oils and grease often find their way down the drain and into the septic tank. By refraining from dumping cooking oils, fats, and greases into your kitchen sink, you can help keep your septic tank clean and functional.
Other Preventative Maintenance Measures
Other non-biodegradable items and certain chemicals may also hinder the performance of your septic system. Sanitary pads, dental floss, other hygiene products, and cigarette butts should never be flushed down the toilet, as they are all common culprits of septic tank clogs. Additionally, chemicals found in home cleaning agents, some shampoos and soaps, herbicides, and pesticides can degrade the integrity of your septic system’s components.
Routine Septic System Maintenance
In addition to being conscious of what passes through your septic system, you should have your septic tank and drain field inspected periodically by a professional. Your local plumber or home warranty provider can advise you on how often your tank should be pumped, based on the size of your septic tank and the rate at which material enters and passes through the system.
From time to time, even a well-maintained septic system can create trouble for a homeowner. If you would like to protect yourself against the costs associated with septic tank damage, consider purchasing a home system warranty. To find out about available septic system warranty options, call Colonial Home Warranty at (888) 481-3941.