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If you own a septic system, there are two main parts that you need to know about: the septic tank and the drainfield. While much of your maintenance instructions may be geared toward your septic tank, there are things you should know about your drainfield too. Your drainfield needs proper care in order to retain its life expectancy and help you avoid disruptive problems and/or replacement.
Have a Septic Tank? Put Your Toilet Paper to the Test!
If you have a septic system in your home or business, there are several rules to keep in mind if you want it to operate effectively. When it comes to toilet paper, all things are not considered equal. Before you opt to splurge on your toilet paper this month and enjoy some extra cushion as you wipe, you should strongly consider what that thick, luxurious toilet paper is doing to your septic tank.
Is the Size of Your Septic Tank Still Right For Your Needs?
Septic systems are typically sized and built to handle a specific number of users in the home, which often correlates with the number of bathrooms and bedrooms. For example, a 1,000 gallon septic tank generally accommodates a family of four, which means an average pumping requirement of every 2-3 years. However, what if that family of four expanded to include more children or a grandparent living in the home? You may be quick to consider getting an extra bed or even adding on structurally to your house, but have you thought about upsizing your septic system too?
The Benefits of an Aerobic Treatment System
All septic tanks are not created equal. An Aerobic Treatment System (ATS) works differently than a traditional septic system. Aerobic systems treat your wastewater by pumping oxygen into the tank, which naturally increases bacterial consumption of the waste within the system. There are certain situations in which an aerobic septic system is preferred over a conventional system, especially if you have a small or challenging lot or poor soil quality.
Don’t Flush Medication Down Your Drains
When you think of what not to flush down your drains, you probably consider items that are too large or that might get clogged.
Pumping Your Septic Tank
Regardless of what you may believe, septic tank pumping is not optional or a maintenance task you can put off. In fact, if you want to protect your home and your budget, you’ll need to make routine septic tank pumping a high priority. Not sure if your septic tank needs to be pumped?
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