When your septic tank is full, you can't put off having it pumped out, even if it isn't a good time for your budget. A full septic tank can overflow in your yard or back up in your house. Pumping is essential when your tank is getting full, but there are steps you can take to keep your tank from filling up as fast. Consider some of these suggestions if you want to stretch out the time between septic tank service calls.
1. Send Fewer Solids Down The Drain
Wastewater passes through the tank and goes to the drainfield to be filtered. Solids fall to the bottom of the tank and build up over time. If you limit the amount of solids you put down your drains, the sludge buildup in the tank is slower and you can put off having your tank pumped out as often.
If you have a garbage disposal, use it as little as possible. Food from the garbage disposal can take a long time to break down and it keeps accumulating in the tank. Also, think about paper products and other things you may be flushing down the toilet, such as kitty litter and wet wipes.
These may not break down at all and just add to the pile of waste in your septic tank. If you only flush human waste and quick-dissolving toilet paper, your septic tank won't fill up as fast as it would if you use your drains for disposing of food and other types of trash.
2. Rethink Frequent Gatherings
If you have parties every weekend or invite friends over every Sunday to watch sports, your septic tank will fill up faster due to all the extra people in your house using the toilet. Occasional parties are probably worth it for the fun factor, but just keep in mind if your home is where everyone gathers after work or on the weekends, then your septic tank may need pumped out sooner than if you're the only person using it.
3. Maintain The Microbes In The Tank
Your septic system relies on microbes to break down solids in the tank and clean the water in the drainfield. These microbes flourish in septic tank contents and usually need no help from you to survive. However, you may disrupt their balance by pouring chemicals or medications down the toilet or drains.
Don't pour anything down your drains if you're uncertain of its effect on septic tank microbes. The microbes break down solids and turn them into sludge so your tank doesn't fill up as fast, so you want to keep them healthy and not accidentally kill them off.
Next time you need septic tank pumping, talk with a professional for more ideas about how to stick to a schedule and avoid having to pump your system too soon.