Failure to maintain your septic system can result in backups, leaks and pricey replacements. Here are a few tips to help you keep your septic system healthy:
- Watch what you flush. Certain household items won’t break down in your septic tank. Keep these materials out of your septic system:
- Baby wipes
- Dental floss
- Cotton swabs
- Coffee grounds
- Cat litter
- Paper towels
- Use septic treatments. Septic treatments eliminate blockage by introducing waste-consuming bacteria into your system. These bacteria lower in-tank levels and reduce the chances of blockage.
- Have your system pumped. A regular septic pumping will eliminate solid waste, grease, non-decomposing items and other blockage-causing materials from your tank. Pump your septic tank every four to five years for optimum health. More frequent pumps are sometimes necessary, especially if you own a commercial building.
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