Since a septic tank is one of the most important assets around your house, it is necessary that you take care of it by all means necessary. However, if you treat your septic tank roughly and do not make efforts to avoid all mishaps, it can become a liability for you, and that too a very giant one.
Therefore, it is important to understand the reasons behind the corruption of a septic system and then avoid all those reasons.
In this article, we will be talking about things that people usually do to/with their septic tanks without knowing how badly it can affect the tank, and why people should not do these things.
Do Not Use Your Tank as a Garbage Disposal
A lot of people apparently take their septic tanks as garbage disposals. And they dispose of everything in their toilet. While people with municipal-provided pipelines have the opportunity to take advantage of the extensive plumbing and dump literally everything down the drains of their toilet, people with septic tanks cannot afford to do that. And if you live in Jacksonville, where most of the people have septic tanks, you should make it a habit, not to flushing trash in your toilet.
And trash includes everything that should be in a trash can instead of your toilet, including tissue papers, sanitary pads, paper towels, photographs, napkins, cigarette buts, and more.
If you throw any (and a lot of others) of these things in your toilet, the performance of your septic tank will start getting poor gradually, and it can also clog down your drain field, which will cause more disasters. In case of any clogging in the tank, septic tank cleaning is the way to go.
Don’t Drain Chemicals in Your Toilet
Many people use chemicals or chemical-involved cleaners to clean around the house. Some people use direct chemicals like chlorine, others use store-bought surface cleaners which also include chemicals to clean windows, surfaces, doors, shelves, etc.
Whatever chemical you are using to do whatever you want, just make sure that you don’t drain it or its compounds down the toilet. In this matter, not only chemicals are harmful but if you have mixed the chemical with water, do not flush that water either. Because chemicals, when your tank, finish off the bacteria from your septic tanks, and that bacteria is necessary to do its job of breaking down the solids in your septic tank. In that case, you will require a septic tank pump out way before the time.
Do Not Dump Your Medicine in the Toilet
Although it has been cleared that solids may clog the drain at some point if they are dumped occasionally in the toilet, a lot of people can still dump medicines because they dissolve in liquid. Well, that is also wrong.
If you or anyone in your house is using long-term medicine, it is possible that they, on one or more occasions, dump it down the toilet—even antibiotics. While draining them in your toilet seems harmless, they do to your septic tank what chemical does.
Similar to the chemical, medicines can destroy the bacteria from your septic tank, and these bacteria are necessary to break the solids. Therefore, medicines can hinder the job of a septic tank, so avoid draining them in your drain holes.
Do Not Use It as a Parking Space
You or anyone in your family can park your vehicle over the space where your septic tank is buried if you don’t know the exact location of the tank, and that will damage the tank. That is why it is important to know the location of your tank so you can avoid parking over it.
Moreover, apart from the septic tank, the reserve area and drain field are also part of the whole septic system, and they are more fragile than the tank. It is solely your responsibility that the nearby reserve area and the drain field don’t get damaged because of your vehicle—don’t drive over it, don’t park on it.
By vehicles, it means all kinds of cars, trucks, tractors, vans, or even heavy bikes. They should not be parked over it. However, cycles are tolerable over septic tanks, but even they should be avoided when it comes to drain fields or reserve areas.
Moreover, it is better to put a sign above the space where the tank is buried or build a fence, so any outsiders like guests or visitors would know not to park their vehicles in that space.
Do Not Drain a Large Volume of Water at Once
Households with septic tanks need to be extra careful when it comes to the consumption and usage of water. They cannot use water unless they have a space to drain it, and they cannot drain it when they know that their drain system relies on a tank that can only do so much at once.
When it comes to the large quantity of water, it cannot be drain at once. That is because a septic tank treats water most efficiently when it keeps coming in small quantities throughout the day. A septic tank is most likely to fail in front of a large volume of water at once. The water treatment scenario in the tank can only treat small amounts of water because it is specifically design for that. When someone drains a large volume of water into the tank, it doesn’t get treat properly and it goes untreat, it corrupts the whole system of the tank. Therefore, it is essential that you avoid draining water in a large volume.
To avoid draining a large volume of water at once. Make sure you don’t do all week’s laundry in one day, don’t drain your hot tub at once. Use water-efficient plumbing, and do anything you can to be water-efficient around the house.
The above-mentioned instructions were a few of the many tips that you should follow to protect your septic tank. If you do maintenance and inspection regularly but do things that should be avoided. Your septic tank’s life will get shorter.