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It's All So Confusing: 3 Things You Might Not Know About Septic Care

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When it comes to maintaining the systems in your home, there's one system that can be the most confusing: your septic system. Just about everyone knows that septic tanks need to be emptied, but not everyone knows that they need to be emptied every three to five years. Just about everyone knows that they hold the waste water that flows from your home, but not everyone knows that too much water at one time can lead to a serious sewage backup. If you're in the group that didn't know about the pumping schedule and the water usage, here are three additional pieces of information that you might not know about your septic system.

You Don't Want to Kill the Good Bacteria

With so much focus on fighting germs and bacteria, it can be easy to send your septic system into a catastrophic breakdown. That's because most cleaning agents are billed as being antibacterial, which is great for warding off sickness but terrible for your septic system. Septic systems require plenty of good bacteria to help decompose and process the solid waste that passes through from your home. Unfortunately, antibacterial cleansers kill off all bacteria, not just the bad stuff. Once the good bacteria is destroyed, your septic system can't process the waste. Protect the good bacteria by limiting your use of antibacterial cleaning agents.

Your System Can't Process Oil and Grease

If you've ever filled a greasy pot with soapy water and watched the grease form a thick layer over the top of the pot, you've seen what can happen inside your septic tank. Septic systems weren't designed to process oil and grease. In fact, oil and grease are two of the biggest enemies that your septic system will face. Not only do the oil and grease coat the inside of the drains, creating the perfect environment for stubborn clogs, they also coat the inside of your septic tank. Once enough oil and grease accumulate in the tank, it will pass through to the seepage field, making it impossible for waste water to be absorbed into the soil. Protect your septic system by keeping oil and grease out of your drains.

Your Plant Choices Make a Big Difference

When you're landscaping your yard, you need to pay close attention to your septic field, which is the area directly above your entire septic system – including the seepage field. Planting deep-rooted plants, trees, and shrubs in that area can destroy your septic system. To beautify your yard and protect your septic system, choose shallow-rooted plants instead. It's also a good idea to cover the area with pea-gravel. The gravel will slow down water absorption into the soil over the septic field, which will prevent flooding during heavy rainstorms.

If you're having any issues with your septic system, contact companies like All County Rooter LLC.


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