Septic Tank Do’s & Don’ts
Do’s & Don’ts
Learn the location of your septic tank and drain field. Keep a sketch and detailed records on file.
Add our BioTab monthly to speed digestion and ensure microbial performance.
Divert downspouts, surface water and other sources of water such as sump pumps away from the septic tank and leach field.
Conserve water to avoid overflooding the system. Try to space out activities requiring heavy water use over several days. Be sure to repair any leaky faucets or toilets.
Limit the use of CAUSTIC OR ACID based toilet bowl and drain cleaners as they are harmful to the friendly bacteria and micro-organisms in the septic tank
Try to do full loads of laundry and space the washing frequency throughout the week.
Schedule routine maintenace for your septic system at least every 2-3yrs (depending on house size and occupancy)
Discard products such as tampons, wet wipes cigarette butts, condoms, hair, bandages, rags, and strings into your septic system.
Allow anyone to drive or park over any part of your septic system or drain field.
Plant large trees within 20ft of your drain or leach field to avoid root damage. The canopy of trees can also block sun light minimizing evaporation if placed to close to the leach field.
Allow backwash from home water softeners to enter the septic system.
Pour or flush cleaning agents with bleach or disinfectant down the drain. These chemicals will kill the friendly bacteria in the the septic tank just like they do when used for cleaning topical surfaces to kill harmful bacteria.
Pour cooking oil, fats,grease or coffee grounds down the sink. Avoid use of the garbage disposals on kitchen scrap materials. Grease and solids build up in the tank and eventually get into the leach field stopping the leaching ability.
Frequently Asked Questions:
How Often Should I Get My Septic Tank Pumper?
Most tanks should be pumped every 3-5 yrs, however this may vary depending on the tank size, number of people in the home and water usage. A family of 6 is presumably going to need their tank pumped out more frequently than a family of 4 with the same sized septic tank. Better to be ahead of the game rather than behind in this scenario!
Do you pump everything out of the tank?
Because it is impossible to completely empty the tank, there will be some liquid left on the bottom though this should be minimal. The contents remaining in the tank contain bacteria that will continue to promote breakdown of incoming waste.
Why clean my septic tank?
Your septic tank seperates solids from wastewater and allows the wastewater to travel through the system to the absorbtion field. A dirty tank allows more solids to enter the absorbtion field which inturn will plug your drain field causing the system to fail.
Do I need to be there when you clean my tank?
You are not required to be present during the service, but we strongly recommend that if you have questions or concerns that you visit with us during the service or give us a call afterwards to discuss them. We are happy to answer any questions you have.
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Bismarck North Dakota