A Thank You To My Father

A Thank You To My Father

Important Tips For First-Time Septic Tank Owners

Zoe Gonzalez

Are you considering purchasing a home that has a septic tank, but you've never owned a septic tank before? Are you wondering how to make sure that your septic tank works properly? Here are a few tips to making sure that your system continues to work efficiently:

Have it cleaned as soon as possible: If it's been years since the last cleaning or the previous owners don't remember the last time they called a septic tank service to have it cleaned out, the tank could be full or nearly full. By cleaning it out now, even if it's not quite full, you'll be able to better keep track of the time your particular household needs between pumpings. On average, a household of two can go approximately six years between septic tank service calls if you have a 1,000 gallon tank. But you may not know the true size of your septic tank before it's cleaned out and you have no idea, yet, if your usage is more or less than average. 

Avoid using certain products: In order to function correctly, a septic tank system needs a certain amount of healthy bacteria to help digest the waste. If you use antibacterial soap, you could kill off the necessary bacteria. This could then force you to call a septic tank service more frequently than average in order to have the tank cleaned out. Other things to look out for are harsh toilet bowl cleaners and bath oils. While the septic tank can handle a certain amount of fat and oil from your daily routine, excessive amounts of oil or bath oils with an inorganic base may impair your septic tank function. If you're confused about whether or not a certain product is safe, your local septic tank service should be happy to answer your questions.

Get yearly inspections: Ideally, you should have a septic tank service inspect your tank yearly. This will give you a gauge as to how soon it will be before the tank needs to be cleaned out again. The inspection can also help alert you to potential issues with your septic tank that you may need to correct, such as cracks that may be caused by settling or tree roots that are forcing their way into the tank. They will also check to make sure that your effluent pipe hasn't gotten clogged and that your leech field is still as healthy as possible. To learn more, speak with a company like McDermott Septic Tank Pumping.


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A Thank You To My Father

My name is Sara Jenkins and I am the daughter of a plumber. As a young girl, I was not very impressed by what my father did for a living, but I loved spending time with him so I was thrilled each time he asked me to help with a repair around the house. What I didn't realize at the time was that my father was teaching me skills that would prove incredibly useful in my adult life. Today, thanks to him, I have completed a long list of plumbing jobs in my own home without the need to hire a contractor. This blog is my way of saying thank you to him by sharing all of the things that he has taught me about home repairs and construction.