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Tips for Getting the Most Life Out of Your Septic

How much do you know about your septic system? If you’re like most people, the answer is likely not very much, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore it or not care about it. In fact, if you want to get the most life out of your septic, it’s essential that you understand how it works and how to properly maintain it. Follow these tips to help extend the life of your septic system and keep your pipes and drains working properly as long as possible.

10 things you can do yourself

Even if you’re not an expert on septic systems, there are some easy things you can do yourself that will save money and keep your system in good shape. 

 #1. Don’t flush anything other than human waste and toilet paper. This is probably one of the most common things people do wrong when it comes to septic systems. If you are flushing something else, like a baby wipe or tampon, then you can clog your system with material that can damage your pipes and septic system.

 #2. Don’t use too much water. One thing that can lead to poor septic system performance is overuse. Overflowing septic systems can cause drains in your home to back up, which leads to more than just a mess—it also costs you money and could damage your plumbing fixtures and pipes.

 #3. Have your system inspected once a year. These inspections ensure that you know what shape your septic system is in before there’s a problem. The more advanced warning you have, the easier it will be to fix things before they get too bad and require large-scale repair work.

 #4. If you live in an area that has a lot of rainfall, septic systems can quickly become clogged and damaged. Have your system pumped out regularly. It’s easy and helps ensure that your system works as well as possible, which can save you money in long-term repairs or replacements.

 #5. Ensure that all your plumbing fixtures are working correctly and not leaking. Leaking fixtures can overload your septic system and cause back ups..

 #6. Get your gutters cleaned regularly. If they are clogged or overflowing, rainwater can flow down into your septic system and damage it. Make sure that your gutters are cleaned on a regular basis. While you’re at it, check out your roof as well.

 #7. Using a garbage disposal will increase solids that enter your septic tank and can cause your septic system to fail, so make sure that you use it sparingly and be careful that what put down your kitchen drain will easily decompose.

 #8. If you’re going on an extended vacation, have your septic tank checked out before you leave and check with a repair service to make sure that nothing is backed up. This will help ensure that your system doesn’t experience any problems while you are away that could be an unwanted surprise when you return. 

 #9. Make sure that your septic tank lid is always kept closed tightly. This can help prevent bugs and other debris from getting in there and causing a backup in your system. This can help save you money down the road by preventing damage before it happens.

 #10. If you have a septic system, use biodegradable cleaning products and fertilizers around your home. Using chemicals in your yard can cause damage if they find their way into your septic tank. While some pesticides are approved for use on septic systems, you’ll want to consult with a professional before using them around your home or on your lawn or garden so that you don’t do more harm than good when it comes to maintaining your system and getting rid of pests.

Routine Maintenance

You’ll want to give your septic tank a good once-over before winter and spring, when system activity ramps up. This is a great time to check for any signs of malfunction, as well as to create an ideal ecosystem in your drain field.

Using a Maintenance product like Hotrod Septic gives homeowners the peace of mind that their septic is in the best shape possible. One bottle lasts 6 months and has been proven to:

  • Improve Percolation In The Leach Field​ ​
  • Digest Grease, Oil, Paper, Salts, Organic Matter And Even Petroleum Products In The Tank, Leach Field Or Grease Trap ​
  • Provide Biological Stimulation At The Cellular Level
  • Substantially Lower Contamination In The System To Reduce Contamination​​ In Our Wells, Waterways ​and Groundwater
  • Reduce Or Eliminate Septic Odors
  • Prolong the life of the Septic Tank
  • Lower Greenhouse Gas Production
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