The 3 Most Important Things For New Septic Tank Owners To Know

Posted on: 29 January 2016

If you just purchased your first house with a septic tank, you need to learn how to take care of your septic tank. Here are three things that you need to know as a new septic tank owner. 

Test & Inspect Your Tank On A Yearly Basis

You need to have your tank tested on a yearly basis by a licensed professional. When they test your tank, they can let you know how full your tank is and if all the waste is breaking up properly. This is the best way to learn if sludge is building up inside your tank or if it needs pumped. 

You should also make sure that the professional you hire to inspect your tank also checks out everything up top, including the motor, timer, pump, compressor, baffles and alarm. This is the easiest way to spot problems before they start.

Pay Attention To What You Plant Near Your Septic Tank

You also need to take into account the location of your septic tank and your septic tank field when planning how you want to landscape your house. You should not plant trees or large bushes that have deep root systems near your septic tank. The roots may grow into the septic tank, and may even try to use the septic tank as a source of water. 

The only things that you should plant above your septic tanks are grass and flowers. Both grass and flowers have shallow root systems that will not interfere with your septic tank. 

Additionally, you shouldn't compress the soil above your septic tank too much. It is probably not the best spot to put a swing-set or your patio furniture. Ideally, your septic tank will be located in an area of your yard or property that you don't walk on or use extensively. 

It Matters What You Put Down Your Drain

Finally, you need to pay attention to what you allow to go down your drain. There are many things that will not mix well with your septic tank.

To start with, you don't want to put any harsh chemicals down your drains, such as insecticides, paint thinner or gasoline. All three of these substances will kill the bacteria that live inside of your septic tank and break down the waste products inside of it.

You should also stay away from harsh soaps and try to refrain from using harsh cleaners to clean your sinks, tubs and toilets. Instead, you should try to use more natural based cleaners whenever possible if the by-products will be going down the drain. 

Additionally, you need to make sure that the only thing you put in your toilet is toilet paper. You should not put baby wipes, sanitary pads or diapers in the toilets. These products will not break down inside of your septic tank and can cause it to become backed up. 

If you have any questions about your septic tank's maintenance, visit Elliott's Septic Service.