If your new home is on a septic tank system and you’ve never been on septic before, you may not know how to handle the system properly. In most cases, the only thing people with no septic tank experience know is to use a treatment on a routine basis to help maintain the tank. There is a lot more to it, though, and you could easily make costly mistakes without knowing it.
Here are a few of the mistakes you may be making with your septic tank system and how to avoid them in the future.
Flushing Non-Septic-Approved Items
One of the key mistakes that homeowners make when they are not used to having a septic tank system deals with flushing. When you are on a municipal sewer system, you can flush many items down the toilet. You can flush items labeled as flushable wipes, and you can also flush thicker toilet paper that is labeled as having a comfort thickness. In some cases, you can even flush face wipes and baby wipes that are labeled as flushable.
However, you cannot flush just anything down the toilet with a septic system. Many of these items do not break down in a septic tank. When you have a septic tank, you should only flush items that are labeled as either septic recommended or septic tank safe. You can find this mark on the labeling of most toilet paper and other bathroom items.
Using Too Much Water at Once
If you previously were on a sewer system, then you likely were able to operate several water-based appliances at once. For example, you could likely run the washing machine and dishwasher at the same time. You may be able to even take a shower and run another appliance such as the washing machine at the same time. Since the sewer system moves water away from the residential and commercial areas at a rapid rate, the use of the multiple water systems will not cause an overload.
But a septic system does not move the water away at a rapid rate. As the water flows through the plumbing to the septic tank, the septic tank processes the water through the tank system. If the water is rushing through from various sources in the home, it can easily flood the septic system.
This situation could result in water that will backup into the home and into the pipes, which can cause clogs and flooding of your bathtubs, toilets, and sinks. Use one water source at a time to avoid overloading the septic system with waterflow.
Using a Garbage Disposal
Your garbage disposal helps to breakdown food waste and scraps. The garbage disposal breaks the items down so they can be flushed through the plumbing easily as a sludge or liquid. When you have a sewer system, this process works well. The waste from the disposal mixes with the water and flows from the home. This is not the case when you are using a septic tank.
Septic tank systems separate the grease from the waste and the grease goes into a grease trap. When you use a garbage disposal, it is harder for the system to separate the grease. If the grease gets into the septic tank, it can harden around other items such as toilet paper and hair. This can cause clogs in the septic system. If you are on a septic tank system, consider avoiding the use of the garbage disposal to help reduce damage to your septic tank.
These are just a few of the septic tank system mistakes you may be making as a homeowner. If you have been making these mistakes for awhile and are concerned about the health of your septic tank, contact Acme Environmental Services, LLC. We can schedule an inspection of the system, pump the system if necessary, and give you pointers on how to avoid further issues for your specific septic tank.