When you move into a home that runs on a septic tank system rather than a municipal sewer system, you may wonder if there is anything that you will need to do differently. Before you panic and start to worry that you will do something wrong with your septic system, take a look at these two helpful tips.
Keep An Eye Out For Dripping Faucets Or Running Water
One of the issues that you do not need to worry about so much with standard municipal plumbing is dripping or running water from unused fixtures. While this can increase your water bill when you have municipal sewage, it will not likely cause major damage or disasters.
With a septic tank system, on the other hand, if you have faucets that are dripping or toilets that continue to run when you are not using them, you could have major septic tank issues. The water can cause your septic tank to overflow, leaking raw sewage into the soil around the tank. This will not only make your backyard smell bad, but it can also destroy your landscaping and cause you to need draining and extensive repairs done to your system. It may also cause flooding into your home as the water will be unable to drain into your tank properly.
Be Sure To Have Your Tank Drained and Cleaned Regularly
Septic tank systems work best if you keep them cleaned and maintained on a schedule. Because when you first move into your new home, you will not know for sure how much water you and your family will use, you will want to have your septic tank checked at least once per year by a residential septic tank cleaning and maintenance service, like Ace Sanitation Service. They will check the levels of the waste (sludge or slime as it is sometimes called) in your tank and determine whether or not that will need to be drained out.
Once you have an idea of how much water you are adding into your tank on a regular basis, you may be able to have your system maintenance stretched out to every two or three years rather than every single year.
Now that you have a few ideas of how you can keep your septic system running smoothly, you can be sure that you are taking the steps necessary to avoid issues and problems in your plumbing system now and in the future.