3 Tips For Maintaining Your New Septic System

Given that the average cost of having a new septic tank installed in the United States is just over $5,000, it only makes sense that you want it to last for many years. That means that you need to have a clear understanding of your new septic tank, what it can be used for, and how it can be damaged. Therefore, when you want your septic tank to last as long as possible, it's best to be aware of the following advice.   

#1-Minimize Your Water Usage

Since what goes in must come out, one of the most important things you can do to preserve the life of your new septic tank is to reduce your water usage whenever you can. If your home does not already have low-flow toilets and showerheads, this is a good time to talk to your plumber about installing them.

In addition, make sure that everyone in the home is familiar with water conservation techniques, such as turning off the water when you're not actively using it and only running the dishwasher or washing machine for full loads. Those steps will not only permit your septic tank to do less work, but will also allow you to be more eco-friendly.     

#2-Never Allow Trees (Or Their Roots) To Get Too Close To The Septic Tank

Another factor to consider that could wind up costing you a lot of money is the trees you have in your yard. The roots of big trees are correspondingly large and they can grow through or puncture septic tanks. Hopefully, when your plumber installed the septic tank, he or she did so in an area of your yard that at least 30 feet away from any tree. 

If not, it's worth a phone call to that professional plumber to see what preventative steps were taken to reduce the chance of tree roots endangering the septic tank. It's essential for you to avoid planting any new trees near the septic tank in the future and to determine, what if any, risk the existing trees might pose as they grow. Since different trees grow at different rates and the climate can impact the growth of trees, you might want to consult with an arborist if you are concerned about trees that seem too close.  

#3-Closely Consider Everything That Goes Down the Pipes

Even though you are probably aware that grease down your pipes isn't recommended, you might not know that the majority of garbage disposers are not a good idea for septic tanks either. That is because most units cannot break the food up into tiny enough pieces for the septic tank to be able to break them down safely. As a result, they might get caught in the drain field or otherwise become a problem. 

Even the chemicals you use to clean your home could reduce the functionality of your septic tank, since they can have a negative impact on the bacteria that the septic tank needs to work as it should.  Finally, feminine hygiene products, even if they're labeled as flushable, don't break down in the septic tank and can clog it. Some homeowners have opted to leave signs in the bathroom as a reminder for both guests and occupants, but it's crucial that everyone knows those items cannot be flushed when you have a septic tank.     

In conclusion, maintaining a new septic tank is essential, both for preserving its long-term functionality and minimizing the expenses associated with its use over the years. As a result, it's a good idea to apply the following advice the first time and every time that your septic tank is utilized for any purpose.