A septic system is something that is easily forgotten until something goes horribly wrong. What should you avoid running down your kitchen sink? Is one type of toilet paper safer to use than another? How often does your septic tank really need to be cleaned? These were just some of the questions that I had about my septic tank after it had backed up and filled my yard with raw sewage. Since then, I have spent hours researching septic systems so that I would not have to go through that again. I have developed my website to make learning about septic systems a little easier for others like me.
If you have just moved to a new home and there is a septic tank on the property, you need to learn how to take care of it. The first thing you should learn is what can cause damage to the septic tank, two of which are listed below.
Landscaping in the Wrong Way
Landscaping on top of the septic tank, also known as the drainfield, offers many benefits. One of the main benefits of landscaping this area is that it prevents soil erosion over the drain field. The plants can help your septic system run more effectively because they remove moisture from the soil. This is one of the main reasons homeowners plant grass over the drainfield.
Along with the grass, however, flowers and other plants can also be planted in this area as long as you are careful. For example, you cannot till the soil because your system may be only a few inches under the surface. You can take care of this problem by adding a few inches of topsoil over the drainfield. Do not put too much top soil, however, as it can prevent exchange of water and air. The plants you choose should be low maintenance. All plants should also have shallow roots, as you do not want roots to grow around the piping.
Contact your septic tank company before you start landscaping, as they can tell exactly where the pipes are located so you can be extra careful in these areas.
Maintaining your septic tank is one for the best things you can do to help prevent damage to it. How often your septic tank should be maintained depends on many factors such as how many people live in your home, how much waste water is generated each day, the size of the septic tank, and the volume of the solids in the waste water. In most cases, septic tanks are maintained approximately every two to three years.
When the septic tank contractor arrives at your home, they will first inspect for leaks. They will then examine the contents in the tank. When working properly, as the waste flows through the pipes the sludge from the waste settles at the bottom of the tank, and then a floating scum layer is on top of the sludge. On top of the sludge is a layer of liquid. There is a T-shaped outlet connected to the pipes that prevents the scum and sludge from leaving the septic tank. If the scum and sludge layers are too deep, they will travel out of the outlet and into the drainfield. To take care of this, the contractor will pump your septic tank and they will also clean the sides and floor to remove all bacteria.
Contact a septic tank contractor and they can give you much more information about this.