A septic tank system is a small-scale sewage system that is commonly used in areas that does not have a direct connection with the main sewage system. A septic system should be properly maintained to ensure that it works correctly. Proper maintenance of the Abilene septic system also ensures that its life is maximized. Most people do not have an idea of how they can properly maintain a septic tank; when does the tank require pumping? What should not be allowed into the septic system? What are the alarm bells that a septic system requires maintenance? All this is discussed in details here below.
Annual professional inspections
You should ensure that your septic system is thoroughly checked at least once in a year by a professional. The professional should be able to determine when the tank needs to be pumped. The inspection should cover areas such as baffles and also check for cracked pipes. The drop box should also be checked. A simple test to check whether water from the toilet, sinks, washing machines, bathroom and other areas is going into the system in the correct manner can be conducted-You may flush the toilet or you run water in the bathroom or sinks.
Scum and sludge levels
The scum and sludge levels should be carefully analyzed by a professional. If the sludge (heavy solids) level is more than or equal to one third of the liquid content, you should consider having the tank pumped. If the tank is one third full, it should also be pumped. Pumping should be carried out by a professional. Pumping should not be done via inspection ports as this can damage the baffles. Rather, the manhole should be used for the purpose. Everything should be pumped out of the tank. However, it is not necessary to disinfect or scrub it.
Ensure your septic tank is well protected
The septic tank should be located in a safe place free from damage. You should avoid planting trees near the septic system as the roots may damage the system. Your driveway should also not be designated to run over the septic system. Also, you should avoid building any structures over the septic system.
What not to dispose in the system
Solid materials should not be disposed in the septic system. These should be sorted out as trash and disposed through the right means. Things such as sanitary napkins, disposable diapers, food scraps, tampons, plastics and other solid materials should not be allowed into the system. Grease should also not be allowed down the drain as it will contribute to the layer of scum.
Large amounts of water released from hot tubs may also affect the system adversely. Large amounts of water often stir solids in the septic tank causing them to be carried to the drain field. These solids result in blockage of drain field pipes. Water from tubs should first be cooled and then drained off onto turfs.
Additives should also not be used in the system. Strong pharmaceuticals and personal care products should not be drained in the system as they may reduce the population of bacteria that acts on the solids in the septic tank.
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