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Maintain Your Septic Tank

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WHY DO THIS?


More than 1,200 people in the US die each year from contaminated water, and failing septic systems are a leading source of waterborne diseases. Protect your family by keeping your water clean and your septic tank working properly. Keep in mind you can avoid paying upwards of $5,000 to replace your septic tank just by scheduling a $75 septic-pumping contractor.

15 MINUTES
EASY

How To:

  1. 1

    Hire a licensed and bonded septic-pumping contractor to test the tank and have the sludge pumped out when the scum and sludge layers equal 1/3 the total capacity of your septic tank. If it builds up higher than that, it will reduce the capacity of the tank and eventually, the sludge will leak into the drain field.

  2. 2

    If you’re unsure how long it takes for your septic tank to reach 1/3 full, have your septic company measure the layers for you on a semi-annual basis.

  3. 3

    The only things you should ever flush are water, septic system safe toilet paper and human waste. Never flush the following: coffee grinds, dental floss, diapers, kitty litter, sanitary napkins or tampons, cigarette butts, condoms, fat, grease, or paper towels.

  4. 4

    Keep paint thinner, insecticides or gasoline out of your drains. These kill the bacteria that break down waste products in your tank.

  5. 5

    Only use cleaning products that contain non-chlorinated bleach, not regular bleach. If you’re unsure, try one of these toilet-cleaning options instead: There's More Than One Way To Clean A Toilet.

  6. 6

    If you’re planting over your septic tank, only plant flowers and grass. Trees will sprout roots and interfere with the system.

  7. 7

    If more than one toilet backs up simultaneously, call a plumber. Something is wrong with your septic tank!

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