According to research, about 1 in 4 households in the United States rely on septic tank systems. Why not? They aren’t only clean but they’re also cost effective means of disposing waste from homes. Instead of discharging waste to treatment facilities, septic tanks depend on soil to do the purification of the effluent. When a septic system is maintained and taken care of properly, it can last years of operation. Therefore, you can expect that your drains will function efficiently and your home will be free of bad smell from wastewater. And since it is not enough for a homeowner like you to simply know how a septic tank system works, let us share with you useful maintenance tips.
1. Don’t use too much water in your daily household activities so that your septic tank will not hold too much waste. The recommended water usage per person is only 50 gallons per day. So ensure that this figure is already enough for each of your family members.
2. Do not park over the area where your septic tank is installed. Otherwise, the weight of your car may actually break the tank.
3. Make sure that there’s a watertight concrete protection installed over the septic tank. This will not only prevent breakage but it will also thwart seepages in case something goes wrong with the tank.
4. As what we always advice, never pour grease or used oil down your drains. They solidify over time and the buildup may lead to clogging.
5. As much as possible, keep the usage of your garbage disposal to a minimum. All the wastes you dispose through it go directly to your septic tank and just like any other container, it will eventually fill up. Recycling and composting will save you a lot of space in your septic tank.
6. If you suddenly thought of having a swimming pool built in your backyard, make sure that it’s not near the spot where your septic tank system is installed. Better yet, prevent any kind of construction near that area too.
7. Never ever flush sanitary napkins, diapers or any other solid objects — even as little as cigarette butts — down your toilet.
8. Don’t use chemical cleansers when cleaning or unclogging your drains. We have talked about this several times in the past and the thing is, these toxic chemicals may just damage your pipes or drainage system sooner or later.
9. Have your tank pumped out regularly. The frequency of pump-outs depends on your tank’s capacity and the number of people in your home. You should call a professional for a septic tank service in Miami because he knows how and when you should schedule the pump-out and he’s skilled and license to do it for you.
We hope that you learned valuable information from our post today. If you need assistance with your septic tank system, just call the best Miami plumbers in South Florida! That’s us, Plumbers 911 Florida! We provide excellent plumbing services in the Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach area such as gas system installation, drain pipe cleaning, leak detection and many more! Reach us by calling 305-662-0668 (Miami-Dade), 954-468-0512 (Broward) or 561-327-6287 (Palm Beach)!
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