What You Should Know About Your Septic Tank System
When you first move into a new house, everything can seem strange and unfamiliar. And if you move into a home with a septic tank system for the first time, you may feel even more unsure of yourself. Rather than continue feeling uncertain and confused, learn more about your septic tank system. Then, you can be sure you are doing the right thing for yourself, your septic system, and your new home.
There Are Certain Things You Shouldn't Flush
One of the main differences between having a house attached to the municipal sewer system and one that has a septic tank system is that there are many items you simply should not flush or wash down your drains. While a house with a sewer system has the luxury of everything going down the drains leaving the property, a house with a septic system does not.
When waste leaves your home, it goes into a septic tank underground on your property. The waste then separates into layers. The solids, of course, sink to the bottom, and there they will stay until your septic tank is pumped.
As such, there are things that will take up a lot of solid waste space that you should avoid flushing down the drains or toilets. Kitty litter is one such solid. Even if a kitty litter is said to be flushable, it doesn't mean that it should be flushed. Kitty litter gets even heavier when saturated and will take up a great deal of space.
Flushable baby wipes and disposable diapers along with sanitary pads and the like should also not be flushed. Food waste, too, should be kept out of your drains as much as possible. Throw food scraps in the trash rather than in the sink, and you will save a great deal of space in your septic tank.
Keep in mind that the more solid waste that goes into your septic tank system, the more often you will need to have your septic tank pumped. This increases maintenance costs and also increases your risk of having your septic tank overflow.
You Want to Watch Out for Leaks
Plumbing leaks are another major risk when you are living in a home with a septic system. Even the slowest dripping sink can add up over time and lead your septic tank to overflow before you get around to having it pumped on your regular schedule.
Check your home for leaks frequently and act swiftly when you notice anything is amiss. Check your sinks and toilets. When checking the toilets, flush them and determine whether they tend to run for a long time. Listen throughout the day to see if your toilet sounds like it is running on its own at times. These issues can be big trouble for your septic tank system. So, get plumbing repairs done as soon as possible after you notice an issue.
Now that you know some of the facts about septic tank systems, you can feel confident that you can handle your system and care for it going forward.