3 Steps for Proper Septic Tank Cleaning
As you know, your septic system is an important part of your home and can wreak havoc on your family’s health and comfort when it doesn’t work properly. Like any other home system, proper cleaning and maintenance is absolutely critical. Before you decide to tackle any project that involves your septic system, be sure to review the three steps for proper septic tank cleaning.
Avoid septic system cleaning products
While there is no shortage of septic system cleaning products you can purchase at the store or online, they can often cause more harm to your system than good. The reason for this is that helpful bacteria are the heart and soul of your septic system. If chemicals introduced into the septic system disrupt the balance of bacteria – or worse, kill them off – there’s nothing to break down the waste that flows through the tank and out into the drain field.
Spending $10 to $20 on products designed to flush out your septic system or clear clogs could end up costing hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs. Avoid them whenever possible and call in a professional to help troubleshoot septic issues.
Call a professional
It cannot be said often enough or given too much emphasis that no homeowner should ever, under any circumstances, open their own septic tank. The gases that are released as a by-product of the internal treatment process are deadly and should be avoided by anyone who isn’t licensed to work with septic systems.
Besides, your septic tank isn’t something you can scrub out like the oven and be done with in under an hour. In most cases, it will take heavy equipment just to get down to the tank and then several hours of manual labor to pump the layer of oil and fat from the top, not to mention the sludge layer of solid waste at the bottom of the tank.
Stay on schedule
Depending on the size of your septic tank and the types of solid materials you allow to travel down the drains, you may not have to have your septic tank pumped but every three to five years. That said, annual inspection of your septic tank and the drain field is critical to the health of your septic system. Skipping this important step will allow sludge and scum to grow unchecked in the septic tank and could create an unsanitary backup of waste into your home.
In addition to the potential cost to your health, allowing a septic tank to go too long without inspection can have serious financial costs as well. Depending on where you live, there may be fines for foregoing annual septic inspections. Even in the absence of a fine, not catching a septic issue in its early stages can mean spending big money on repairs after the fact.