There are several responsibilities that come with owning a house. If your house uses a septic system instead of the city waste processing system, there are even more things you need to do in order to keep your home in excellent condition. For most people, a septic system is shrouded in mystery and not something they think about often. However, maintaining your septic system is much easier if you know at least some of the basics and can communicate that information with your chosen septic company.
Below, you’ll find three important things your septic company wants you to know about your system.
- Where your tank and drain field are. If you bought a home with a septic system already in place, make sure you know where the tank and drain field are buried. This is important because you want to avoid driving, doing extensive hardscaping, or planting trees or shrubs on top of these components, since doing so can cause extensive damage. It also makes it much easier for a septic company to service your system if you know exactly where everything is.
- What you can and cannot send down the drain.Knowing what you shouldn’t send down the drain can help prevent frequent service calls for a malfunctioning septic system. The toilets aren’t the only thing that empties into the septic system. Wastewater from your showers, sinks, and water-using appliances like the dishwasher or washing machine also winds up there, along with any gunk it’s carrying. Grease, paint, oil, harsh chemicals, diapers, feminine hygiene products, and other non-waste items should also never go down the drain.
- How often your tank needs to be pumped.This is something that your septic company can help you calculate, but sticking to the recommended schedule is dependent on you. Not keeping up with your pump schedule can result in overfilled tanks that can back up into your home or yard, which is something no one wants.
Keeping track of these three things will help you maintain your septic system, but if you’re still searching for a dependable septic company, reach out to us at John E. Byrd, Jr. Trucking and Tractor Service LLC.