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Maintaining Your Septic System To Keep It Working At Its Best

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If you have a septic system on your property, keeping it working correctly is not overly complicated, but there are some things you can do to help. The system will do what it is designed to do unless there is a blockage or something is introduced to the tank that shouldn't be. Consider these tips to help keep the systems working correctly.

Soaps and Detergents

Your septic system works to break down the solids in the tank using some specific bacteria. The balance in the tank will maintain itself for the most part, but it is essential that soaps, detergents, and other chemicals not be introduced to the system as they can kill the bacteria that is working to reduce the solids to liquid. If that happens, the tank will fill up and not function correctly. Mild soap from hand washing or showers is okay, but laundry detergents or the so-called septic system chemicals that are advertised should never be allowed in the tank. 

Signs of a Problem

Early signs of a problem with your septic tank might be as simple as slow drains. It the water has no place to go, it may not drain well. Another common sign you may see with a backed up tank is wet areas in the yard where the tank is. Often if the tank is full and not draining properly, the excess liquid will come out the vents and cover of the tank, saturating the ground around it. You will be able to tell that it is from the septic system by the odor of the liquid. The tank needs pumping out to get it under control if this happens. 

Inspection and Pumping

If you suspect there is a problem with your septic system, you can have a septic pumping service come and pump out the tank for you. Once the tank is empty, a camera can be put into the tank to inspect it for damage or intrusion of roots from trees on the property. Trees planted too close the tank can damage the lines as root grow toward the water source in the tank. A broken or occluded drain line can cause many different kinds of problems including leaking sewage around the line or a blockage that keeps the tank from draining to the leach field. You should never need to pump a properly working tank except to do maintenance on the system or inspect the inside of the tank. 

To learn more, contact a company like LP Murray.