Septic Tank? When To Have It Cleaned

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If you're new to having a septic tank, you may not know all of the ins and outs of having one. You may not know what you can put down your drains or when you should have it cleaned. You may also not know that this is something that should be done by a professional, or that you should also have it inspected every couple of years. If you don't know that much about septic tanks, read on for information to help you.

When Should Your Septic Tank Be Cleaned?

Your septic tank will fill up about every three to five years. Having it cleaned out can be a costly job, that some homeowners do not have the money to pay for. You should save money in an account just for your septic tank, for repairs or for cleanings so you are prepared. If you allow the tank to fill up and don't have it cleaned, you could end up with a mess on your hands that you do not want to have to deal with. You could end up flooding your septic field or end up with a backup in your home - either way, it's a mess. If you aren't sure if your tank should be cleaned out, you can hire a professional to come out and inspect it, especially if you've just moved into the home and don't know when it was emptied last. A professional is the only one that should ever attempt to clean out a septic tank. This is not a do-it-yourself job that you can Google - leave it to the pros.

Septic Care Guide

Caring for your septic tank is a lot like caring for a regular drain system, except that you have the entire tank in your yard, rather than everything going into a main sewer line. You should never put the following items into your drains:

  • Grease, oils or paint.
  • Food particles.
  • Wipes, diapers, or feminine products.
  • Paper towels or napkins.
  • Thick toilet paper.
  • Kitty litter.

Other care tips for your septic tank include not driving anything heavy over your septic field, maintaining plants or trees growing too closely to your septic field (as the roots can cause damage), using biodegradable soaps that will break down easier in the septic tank, and also using toilet paper that dissolves quickly rather than two-ply toilet paper.

If you have a septic tank and aren't sure about how to use it or when it should be cleaned, or if you have other questions, call a septic tank cleaning company for help.

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