Avoid the Backup Blues

All About Septic Tank Cleaning

With over 60 million people in the U.S. depending on septic systems to work properly (that’s 1 in 5 of us!), septic tank problems are a stinky reality. Here are 6 tips and hacks for septic tank treatment.

Tip 1: Do it on the regular

Every 3 to 5 years, everyone should have their septic tank inspected, with solid sludge professionally removed. If you wait too long, you’ll see pools of water develop in your drainfield, stinky smells developing, sewage backup and other very, very unpleasant things.

Tip 2: Think before you sink

Pouring a vat of bacon grease down your sink, with a healthy combination of paint and cleaning solvents can really clog and/or reduce the efficiency of your septic tank. Check with local hardware stores or city programs on proper disposal methods.

Tip 3: Balance is key

Your septic system is an amazing ecosystem of bacteria, helping to breakdown your waste (thanks, bacteria!). Avoid flushing household chemicals and antibacterial soaps for this reason. And when clearing clogs in your home, use Liquid-Plumr® products — the ingredients degrade quickly and will not harm the bacteria in your tank.

Tip 4: Don’t degrade your tank

Waste that doesn’t degrade quickly — feminine products, paper towels and wipes, coffee grounds, diapers, etc. — can overload your septic tank or clog your pipes. Best to throw these things away or compost if possible.

Tip 5: Drainfield of dreams

Keep your septic drainfield clear of as much surface water possible, and avoid driving on it — it could result in a collapse. Look after your drainage field. It helps dispose of your wastewater properly without compromising your water supply.

Tip 6: “Water” You Doing?

Be efficient with your water use and fix household leaks. It’s possible to overtax your septic tank when too much water and sewage enter into them.

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