It's A Messy Business: 4 Tips To Keep Your Septic Tank Healthy

Your new home has a septic tank. If you've never used one before, there are some things you'll need to learn so you can take proper care of it. Improper septic care can lead to some serious problems – like clogs and sewage back-ups. If you're not careful, it can also lead to septic system failure. Here are four things you'll need to know about your new septic tank.

There's a Limit to Its Holding Power

If your only experience is with municipal sewers, you might not be aware that there's a limit to how much your septic tank can hold. While sewer lines escort your raw sewage to treatment facilities far away from your home, septic systems hold your raw sewage in containment units in your yard. Once a tank is overfilled, it can cause raw sewage to back up into your home or yard. To prevent that from happening, you'll need to have your septic tanks pumped out and cleaned at least once every three to five years.

Not All Cleaners Are Safe

You're going want to keep your new home clean. That means you'll be using cleaning products. Before you purchase your cleaning supplies, you should make sure they're safe for your septic tank. Your septic tank needs a variety of "good" bacteria in order to function properly. Unfortunately, many antibacterial cleaners actually kill the healthy bacteria your septic tank needs.  To protect your septic tank, try to limit the amount of anti-bacterial cleaners you use in your home.

Go Easy with the Garbage Disposal

If you're like most people, you use your garbage disposal on a daily basis. After all, garbage disposals are an excellent way to reduce the amount of garbage you throw away. However, excess food waste being sent down the drain can actually cause your septic tank to fill up faster than it should. In addition, the food waste can build up in the pipes and lead to clogs in the septic lines. Try to limit your garbage disposal use to no more than a few times a week.

Some Things Shouldn't Go On Top

If you're going to be landscaping your yard, you should consider your septic tank while you're making those plans. Here are a couple of important things you'll need to take into consideration. First, you should never place anything heavy on top of your septic field. Excess weight can cause your septic system to collapse in on itself. Second, grass is the best covering for your septic field because it provides plenty of oxygen that your septic tank will need for healthy bacterial growth.

You want your new septic tank to function properly. The information provided here will help you prevent problems with your new septic system. Contact a septic system repair company if you need more help.