Care of Septic System
If you are a city dweller who have moved out to the suburbs, or a rural area where you might have a septic system in your back yard, there are some things you need to know to keep it from becoming a nightmare expense. This article applies to regular, leach field type systems but there are some things common to any septic system.
First, you don’t want to flush anything down the drain that you have not eaten or drank. Things like tampons or condoms never break down and can clog up your system to the point that they may have to dig up your whole back yard and replace the pipes. A septic system usually has two tanks, one that digests the waste and passes it on to a second tank that filters out more of the solids and allows them to settle before the liquid goes out into pipes in your yard to settle into the ground. If you use too many household cleaning products, such as chlorine bleach you could kill much of your good bacteria in the septic system that digest the waste. The same goes for excessive amounts of grease. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use cleaners, just use them sparingly.
Products such as RidX contain the same kind of bacteria you system uses, in large concentrations. It is not a cure all, but will work to restore balance in your septic system if too many good bacteria have been killed by cleaners, etc.
Also, if you have a garbage disposal, use it sparingly. Composting is a much better idea. And, don’t allow trees to grow anywhere near septic fields. Tree roots clog the flows of your important leach field. You may not know exactly where your field is, but is summer it is usually where the grass in your yard grows the greenest!
Lastly, don’t build anything over this area. It is important for natural sunlight to fall the area to speed transpiration.
If you notice standing water in the field area, call a professional immediately. Fixing the problem now will invariably be much cheaper than waiting, as septic problems never fix themselves, and generally get worse with time.