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Septic Tank Care and Repair Tips

Having a septic tank can be a huge asset for your home. But if you don't maintain your tank or system, it can experience serious problems and possibly fail. I learned this the hard way a year ago. I had a tank installed on my farm to save money on expenses. I became so busy with taking care of the farm that I forgot to care for my tank. The lines in my tank clogged up and created a backup in the drainfield. The clog also caused blockages in my plumbing pipes, which eventually cracked and leaked. I called septic tank services for help. The contractors explained why it's important to maintain my system and how. Now, I want to share those tips with you through my blog. I hope that you learn as much about your system as I did.


3 Things To Avoid Doing When You Wash Clothes And Have A Septic System

If you've recently moved into a home with a septic system, there are a few important things to understand about how your laundry usage can affect the septic tank and drain field. Septic tanks work to contain, filter, and drain the wastewater you use, which of course includes water from your washing machine. Here's what you need to avoid doing so your septic system functions properly. 

Do not use too much detergent

Using too much detergent can cause excessive foam in the septic system, which can affect the functioning of the microbial organisms that are necessary to break down the solids. Too much detergent also can leave too much soap residue, which can plug the holes of the perforated pipes. This, in turn, prevents the proper amount of effluent from draining out of the system, which can lead to sewage backing up.

Do not use powder detergent 

Powder detergent sometimes doesn't dissolve and will end up in your septic tank and form clogs. Also, some powdered laundry detergents have clay fillers that can bind together within the septic system and form clogs over time, regardless of how careful you are to not use too much each time you wash clothes. Use liquid detergent instead of powder. Alternatively, if you prefer using a powdered detergent, choose a high-efficiency one, which means it's more concentrated. 

Do not do too many laundry loads at once

Water from your washing machine goes to the septic tank. Doing too many loads of laundry on a given day can overload the septic system. The extra amount of water can flood your septic tank, which can result in sewage backing up into your home or cause too much effluent to be released into the drain field at once. 

Effluent is the liquid that comes out of the perforated pipes and into the drain field. The system is designed to release effluent slowly, but excessive wash water can cause it to be released more quickly. If you are unable to divide your laundry over the course of the week, consider installing a separate dry well for the washing machine. 

If you've been doing these types of things regularly and have yet to notice anything wrong with your septic system, that doesn't mean nothing will happen in the future as your methods continue, so it's a good idea to stop now doing these things before something does happen. Have your septic tank pumped and, if necessary, cleaned. Call a septic tank pumping service today to learn more.