12 Feb Septic System Maintenance In The Rainy Season
- Know where it is: It may sound obvious, but it’s important to know your system’s location and have easy access to its tank and leaching bed. Avoid driving, parking, or building on or near any part of the system.
- Conserve water: If you’ve been to a cottage, you’ve probably seen a note along these lines: If it’s pee, let it be. If it’s brown, flush it down. Owners aren’t just being cute: Excessive water use overloads septic tanks and prevents solids from settling on the bottom. The solids get pushed into the leaching bed where they cannot be filtered out effectively. The clogged soil will not accept more water and backups can occur. To save water: Flush only when necessary, use a low-flow toilet, install high-efficiency taps and showerheads, tell guests to be conservative with their water use, run your dishwasher and washing machines less often, and fix any dripping taps.
- Flush organic only: If it isn’t human waste or toilet paper, don’t flush it. Flushing paper towels, disposable diapers and wipes, condoms, sanitary napkins, tampons, facial tissues, coffee grounds, cigarette butts, grease, kitty litter, and such will quickly fill your tank and clog the system. Even if a product’s packaging claims that it’s flush able, don’t.
- Seek biodegradable cleaners: Avoid using heavy-duty cleaners (especially those with bleach), toilet pucks, and antibacterial soaps. These products kill the bacteria that keep the system running effectively.
- Avoid chemicals: Never put paints, solvents, pesticides, gasoline, or other toxic chemicals in your system. Don’t flush old medication either. Not only will these kill the beneficial bacteria.
- Keep trees and shrubs away: The roots of trees, especially species such as willows and poplars.
- A good industry standard is to have your septic pump and inspected every three years, by a certified technician. To schedule your service or speak with a specialist call us today at 253-268-0322 or visit us at https://www.vactecseptic.com/