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The Problem with Fabric Softeners and Your Septic Tank

As a septic system owner, you are probably very careful about what you flush down your drains. There are many products and chemicals that are off-limits if you want to protect the health of your septic tank. But did you know that your fabric softener may also be on that banned list of items? In your attempt to keep your clothes smelling fresh and feeling soft, you could also be ruining your septic tank.

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Keeping Your Family Safe Around Your Septic Tank System

As a septic tank owner, you have your entire plumbing system on your property. While the tank, leach field and pipes are all buried underground, there are still some important safety considerations to take, especially if you have children or plan to work near the septic tank system. If you are trying to investigate a problem with your septic tank, it is strongly recommended that you let a professional with the proper training and equipment do the job.

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Managing Your Tree Roots Means Protecting Your Septic Tank

Whether you are building a home or establishing a new business, it is understandable why you want attractive greenery and shade throughout your outdoor space. What you may not consider, however, is the impact that growing trees can have on your septic system over time. A vibrant landscape with large trees often comes with a deep root system. It is the root system that can wreak havoc on the underground pipes and drain lines of your septic system.

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3 Steps of Septic Installation

Septic tanks must be installed under the written regulations and codes from the city. Before a contractor can touch your property, he must get all necessary permits from the city (or state) regarding septic systems. Without these permits, the process can be shut down and/or greatly delayed.

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What to Expect With Septic Tank Pumping

Septic tank pumping is a necessary service to maintain your septic tank. On average, a pumping is needed every 3 to 5 years, but this is dependent on the size of your tank and number of people in your household. During a septic tank pumping, solid sludge is removed from the bottom of the septic tank. This is needed to prevent the sludge from building up to a level that blocks the outlet pipe that allows liquids to flow into the drain field. Without a septic tank pumping, your system is at risk for backup and failure. It is best to schedule your septic tank pumping before the liquid level of the tank reaches a high level and “backs up".

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How Septic Failure Impacts the Environment

The thought of a failing septic system may make you think of foul odors in your home, slow running toilets or even embarrassing backups in your business. While these setbacks are certainly true, there is also a serious environmental risk involved when a septic system fails or malfunctions.

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