Septic tank systems are tanks that use anaerobic bacteria to decompose and purify organic wastewater (or sewage.) It’s an airtight tank that, if not emptied on a regular basis, can cause sewage backup or leakage into the surrounding ground area or home. They’re an alternative to traditional sewage lines when it comes to disposing of your household’s waste.
Although not as popular in urban areas, septic tanks can be commonly found in rural regions and should be carefully maintained in order to avoid septic backup into your home, which may be a massive hassle to clean and repair. Maintaining your septic system is a lot less daunting than one would expect. A few simple tips to help seamlessly uphold the septic system’s integrity are:
Only flushing appropriate items
This tip can also be applied to a sewage system that runs out to the city lines, however septic tanks can be particularly unstable when foreign materials are flushed into them. In order to ensure that you help maintain the septic tank’s delicate ecosystem, avoid flushing items like:
- Paint and paint thinner
- Feminine Hygiene Products
- Baby wipes an diapers
- Cigarette Butts
- Cat Litter
- Paper towels
- Cooking oils and fats
Keeping the septic pipe area clear of plants
Also like a sewage line, a septic line is susceptible to being ruptured by plant roots. It’s best to keep the entire area around and above septic line clear of any plant life, other than grass, in order to prevent any issues.
Providing regular maintenance to your septic tank
As with many things, keeping up on regular maintenance of your septic system will help decrease the likelihood of an emergency situation (like septage backup.) By routinely emptying your septic system and ensuring that they system and its surrounding areas are well kept you can reduce the odds of septic system failure.
If you’re in need of a professional who can inspect and repair your septic system, Alpha Environmental is prepared with an experienced and knowledgeable team. Call 503-292-5346 today for an inspection to get started!