Troubleshooting Your Septic System

Simple Tips To Keep Your Septic System Healthy

If you have a septic tank and have recently invested in a septic tank pumping or cleaning, then you probably want to wait a while before you schedule your next cleaning appointment. This is why it is ideal to complete tasks that keep your septic tank in good health. Keep reading to learn about a few simple things you can do to make sure you do not have to schedule a pumping very often.

Conserve Water 

You probably know that water does not stay in your septic tank. In fact, all fluids flow out of the tank and into a drainage field. And while this is true, you do not want to use significant amounts of water. Water enters your septic tank, sits for a while, and then flows out through a drainage line that meets up with the drainage field. In this way, the tank is a temporary holding area for the water. The water is supposed to flow out of the tank before it is able to fill up all of the available space in the tank. 

However, if the tank does fill with water, like if you are using a great deal of water to take showers, wash clothes, and wash dishes, then the water can accumulate in the septic tank and it will often mix with waste as well as with the layer of bacteria that sits on top of the sewage. When water empties from the tank, the debris and sewage may be transported with the water. 

When bacteria is forced out of the septic tank, then it is not available inside the tank. The bacteria is essential to the function of the septic tank as it helps to break down the waste in the tank. Without the bacteria, the tank will fill up too quickly with waste and you will need another pumping soon.

Keep Your Drainage Field Healthy

As previously stated, it is essential that you do not fill your septic tank with water. You also want to make sure that the water that does congest in the tank is able to move freely to the drainage field where it can seep into the earth.

The movement of water relies on the openings in the pipes that sit across the drainage field. These openings must remain clear so water can release evenly throughout the entire field. There are a few things that can stop water from moving, like the clogging of the small drainage openings, and the roots from weeds and other plants in the region are one significant clog issue. So, make sure to investigate your drainage field on a regular basis and remove weeds and other plants whenever you see them. Grass is fine, though, and can be left in place.