Your Favorite Plumber’s Guide on Septic Tank Maintenance

Your septic tank plays a very important role in your plumbing. It’s responsible for holding all the sewage that you produce in your home. Within a span of 24 hours or more, it will try to decompose the sewage, separating the greasy layer (scum) and solid wastes (sludge) from reusable water which will then be treated in the drain field. Now when the septic tank or drain field overflows because of over production of sewage from your property, backflows will occur. It goes without saying that you should be careful as to how much waste goes into the system. It is also wise to maintain your septic tank to prevent plumbing emergencies that can cause you and your property a great deal of inconvenience. So for today, let us share with you some tips that will help you keep your septic system in tip-top shape!

1. Minimize your water usage. Experts say that the recommended amount of water use in a household made up of 5 persons with a medium-sized tank is about 50 gallons per head. Still, the amount depends on how many people are living in your home and of course the size of your tank. So just to sum it up, the more water you use, the more your tank gets filled up.

2. Make sure that you don’t have leaking fixtures at home. Check your toilets, pipes, faucets and even your water heater to guarantee that you’re not wasting water.

3. Choose high-efficiency or low-flow toilets.

4. When doing your laundry, ensure that you’re choosing the right configuration. Washing a few clothes in a large load setting WASTES a lot of water.

5. Never ever park vehicle above the spot where the tank is buried. Prevent construction of any kind near the area, too.

6. Don’t flush anything that should be flushed down the toilet. These items include condoms, cotton swabs, diapers, sanitary napkins, cigarette butts, coffee grounds, grease, etc.

7. Minimize the use of your garbage disposal.

8. Never use harsh chemicals when cleaning your drains or getting rid of clogs. They will damage the system over time.

9. Have the tank pumped out regularly and let a professional do this task for you. The recommended schedule of pump outs range between 1 to 5 years. Please do not let your tank hold waste more than that because it will not only be prone of overfilling but also to damage.

Follow these simple septic tank maintenance and you’ll surely keep it in tip-top shape. If you need to have it pumped, just hire the most dependable plumbing experts in Coral Gables FL! Douglas Orr Plumbing delivers exceptional plumbing services in Coral Gables FL including septic tank installation, sewer jetter cleaner, sewer cleaning, leak detection and many more! Call us at (305) 240-6731 !

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