How to Care for Your Septic System

How to Care for Your Septic System

April 15, 2021

The best septic system is the one you don’t have to worry about. To make that a reality, it will take a little effort on your part to make sure it’s always in top condition. The good news is that this is fairly easy to do, and there are even steps you can take to improve the performance and extend the life of your septic system. Here are some tips on septic tank maintenance in Bay City, MI.

Keep up with inspections and pumping

In order to keep your septic tank in 48706 running smoothly, you need to make sure you have it inspected regularly. A residential septic system should be inspected on average once every three years by a professional. If your system has electrical float switches, pumps or mechanical components, it should be inspected every year.

In addition to inspections every three years, a septic system should be pumped once every three to five years. Keep in mind, however, that we’ve been spending a lot more time at home in the past year, so that may mean you should have it pumped sooner rather than later.

Be mindful of what goes down the drain

Remember, everything that goes down the drains, toilet, garbage disposal or anywhere else water flows in your home will end up in the septic tank. The toilet is especially dangerous in this regard. Be sure not to flush anything other than toilet paper and human waste, which means no wipes, feminine hygiene products, dental floss, cigarette butts, cat litter, paper towels or anything else.

The sink is another area to watch out for, especially if you have a garbage disposal. Be sure to avoid pouring cooking oil or grease down the sink, as well as any other oil-based solvents or paints. And because the septic tank is full of living bacteria that break down waste, you should avoid pouring harmful chemicals like drain cleaner down the sink as well.

Don’t waste water

The less water you use, the less water will be sent to the septic tank. This means it will require less frequent pumping. This also improves the overall functioning of a septic system and reduces the risk of it failing.

In addition to being mindful about water usage, keep an eye on any leaks in your home. Here’s a sobering statistic: according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the average indoor water use for a single-family home is 70 gallons per person per day. One leaky or continuously running toilet can be wasting up to 200 gallons per day—that’s like having three extra people in your home at all times!

Call a local professional

When you need septic tank maintenance, contact Thornton Brothers Sewer Service. Since 1972, our team has been servicing all kinds of septic tanks in 48706. We’re always ready to handle any size job, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Get in touch today to schedule service or learn more about what we can do for you!

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