How do I manage my septic system?
Your septic system is a living organism just like you…what??? How??? If you won’t put something in your body, it’s better not to put it down your drain. Cleaners are okay, just in smaller doses. It is more important to know what you shouldn’t put in your system than what you should. If you are using your septic system properly, the system has a perfect natural balance of bacteria. Just don’t kill it by using too many harsh chemicals which will throw it out of balance.
Why do I need to have my septic tank pumped?
A septic tank is no more than a very large holding tank. Its purpose is to catch and naturally treat the solid waste. As holding tanks do, they fill up. Keep in mind your septic tank is ALWAYS FULL as the liquid waste goes to your drain field through an outlet pipe at the top of your tanks wall while the solids fill up the tank. Waiting too long to pump your tank will allow the solids to build up beyond the tanks capacity and the solids will try to move out into the drain field causing an emergency. Just like changing the oil in your car, periodic pumping of your septic tank is way less costly in the end!
What is the purpose of my drain field?
The drain field is the part of the septic system that disperses the nitrates (dissolved in the liquid waste) and other bacteria over a large area. A high concentration of nitrates can be harmful to the environment and your health. It is important to know where your drain field is located to avoid building on it or covering it up in any way. Do not to drive over your drain field and keep trees and shrubs with root systems away from the area. See link for landscaping options for septic drain fields to maintain a healthy drain field.