Keeping Your Septic Tank Clean

23 July 2015
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It is very important to keep your septic tank clean. Failure to pay attention to the maintenance of your septic tank can be detrimental to the health of your family and neighbours. It can also substantially decrease the value of your property. One of the best tried and tested septic tank cleaning method that has stood the test of time is the pumping method.Pumping is generally required on an average of every one to three years.

What can happen if you don't pump your septic tank clean?

People with septic tanks must simply have their systems checked on a regular basis. The scum layers and sludge in the tanks builds up over time even if a healthy microbial ecosystem aids in the breakdown of the sludge. When checking the septic tank, the sludge and scum levels must be measured. The drain field, pipes and mechanisms of the system must also be checked thoroughly.

The septic tank system can overflow if it isn't pumped regularly. In those cases, the unprocessed waste that is supposed to be in the septic tank belches forth from the toilets and drains bringing harmful bacteria and diseases with them. The overflow can even taint the groundwater and contaminate the water people drink and use.

There are products available on the market that promise to prolong periods between pumping. While the effectiveness of those products isn't exactly well documented, the Environmental Protection Agency has advised people to not use those products. The EPA firmly vouches for uniform septic tank inspections and pumping.

Things that shouldn't be poured down the drain

  • Excess of animal fats, vegetable oils and lard etc. shouldn't be poured down the drain as they prevent the bacteria from breaking down the waste properly.
  • Petroleum based oils, saw dust, and gas should never enter the septic system.
  • Some of the food waste that don't belong in the septic system include egg shells, animal bones, coffee grounds, melon rinds, fruit peels, home brewery waste and corn cobs.
  • Personal care products such as condoms, bandages, sanitary napkins, wet wipes, and disposable nappies must be disposed properly and not down the drain.
  • Coloured and dyed paper products cannot be consumed by bacteria. It takes a non-bleached paper a long time to break down. So, you should avoid flushing thick, coloured paper products.
  • Chemicals and toxins such as automotive fluids, caustic cleaners, herbicides, solvents, drugs and quaternary ammonia etc. must also not reach the septic system.

If you have questions or need more assistance, contact companies like Able Liquid Waste Pty Ltd.