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Septic Care & Maintenance

Wastewater treatment is essential to protecting our fresh water sources, and statistics from the US Environmental Protection Agency show that more than 20% of households in the US depend on septic systems to treat their wastewater. Septic systems that are properly maintained can provide excellent wastewater treatment which is not only cost effective but will also help preserve water resources.

A typical septic system consists of a septic tank, which breaks down organic matter and separates solids from the wastewater, and a drain field, which properly disposes of the liquid matter either into the soil or through sand filtration. Here are some important things to remember to care for your septic system:

• Do not park or drive over your septic tank or your drain field.
• Do not dig post holes or trenches over your tank or around the drain field area.
• No sprinkler systems over your drain field.
• Avoid planting soft wood trees, such as the willow or cottonwood tree, near your drain field.
• Toilets are NOT trash cans! The rule of thumb is only flush human waste and minimal amounts of toilet paper.
• Never pour cooking oil or grease down the drain and try to avoid using your garbage disposal. This will reduce the amounts of solids that enter your tank.
• Limit the amount of harsh chemicals you use like bleach or drain cleaner. This will help properly maintain the balance of bacteria in the tank.
• Try to spread washing machine use throughout the week. Doing all of your laundry in one day can actually be harmful to your septic system by overloading it.
• Using high efficiency toilets, showerheads, washing machines, and other plumbing fixtures will not only help the environment by conserving water but will also reduce the water entering your septic system.
• The average household septic system should be pumped every 2-3 years by a septic service professional. This process is necessary whether you use additives or not, so you can save money by skipping the additives.

It’s easy to forget about your septic system. You know, “out of sight, out of mind.” However, it’s important to properly care for and maintain your septic system. Neglecting to do so could hurt the environment, potentially risk your health, and even result in thousands of dollars flushed down the drain!

If you have any questions about your septic system or just need to schedule your regular maintenance, contact Billy Jack’s Construction at 512-755-2870.