Living with a septic tank certainly has its benefits, but it does have the drawback of having to keep it maintained. However, maintaining your septic tank is not the chore that most believe it to be. By keeping a few simple things in mind, you can reduce the wear and tear on your septic tank by quite a bit.
Don't flush anything harmful
This is the number one thing that you can do. Never flush anything dangerous or harmful into your septic tank. Your tank is there to help decompose everything that goes down, and sending harmful materials down will not help your tank any. Even things like newspaper, coffee grounds, or cigarettes which have no chemically dangerous chemicals in them can cause an issue in your tank, owing to the fact that they do not decompose well. If you have something you don't want, make sure it goes into your recycling or garbage, not your septic tank.
Keep things away from your system
To reduce the amount of pressure on your drainfield and pipes, don't park or drive your vehicles around your septic system if you can avoid it. Following that, try and keep any livestock and even human presence to the barest minimum. By making sure that there is not undue pressure or continuous movement around your system, you can ensure that it isn't damaged by accident.
Inspect and pump out your system when need be
Keeping your system up-to-date, inspected and cleaned out will keep your septic system in good repair for much longer than if you were to wait to have it cleaned until it absolutely needed it. Once a year you should have your system inspected for any problems that might occur. Looking for scum along the inside water line, and for any potential rusted areas, if you have a metal septic tank. Finally, practice preventive pumping. Don't wait until you have an issue with your tank before you pump it out. If you do it on a routine schedule, you will have significantly less problems.
There you have it, three main tips that will keep your septic system running at peak efficiency for as long as possible. The main things to remember of course are to practice consistent maintenance instead of waiting until you have a problem, and to not make problems for yourself by putting things into the system that don't belong there.
To learn more, contact a company like Zeb Watts Septic & Underground, Inc.