Do you ever sit and think about your septic tank and what it's doing right now? Have you ever given much thought to how your septic tank processes waste and if there is anything you need to be doing to help it with its job? If you're like most people, the answer to both of these questions is probably no. You may even be thinking right now that these are bizarre things to even consider. While they may seem strange at first, they are not quite as strange as they might appear at first glance. A home's septic tank can mostly function independently but does need some assistance from time to time. Some things that you may not have thought about recently but should give more thought include the following:
Flushed materials: Some people will flush practically anything that fits down the drain. This may include things like condoms, tampons, cat litter, and baby wipes. While these things will technically go into a septic tank, they is not what a septic tank is designed to handle. These things can clog up a septic tank and result in the need for more frequent septic tank pumping. In general, nothing should be put down the drains except sewage, the right kind of bathroom tissue, and the food residue that goes down the drain when you wash the dishes. Even large amounts of food grease, such as oil from your deep fryer, should be avoided. When in doubt, talk to your septic company.
Tank additives: The one exception to the above rule is the monthly use of various tank additives meant for use with septic systems. These can be found in a variety of brands and from a variety of sources, but they are all very similar. They contain a mixture of yeasts and bacteria that, when added to your septic tank, help to break down the solid waste within. This will help reduce the need for septic tank pumping, though you'll still need to have that done from time to time. Depending on the brand, the package may instruct you to use the additives every month, every other month, or every three months.
Pumping: In order to do its job, a septic tank must be emptied on a regular basis. Just how regularly this septic tank pumping needs to occur is going to depend on a number of factors, including your household size and the size of the tank. In general, it should be cleaned out and inspected every 3–5 years but you shouldn't necessarily be surprised if your tank's needs vary slightly. If you're finding that your tank needs to be emptied on a yearly basis, it's time to evaluate whether you may need a new larger tank. Contact a provider of septic tank pumping services today to learn more.