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7 Steps to Take Care of your Septic Tank

7 Steps to Take Care of your Septic Tank

After purchasing a septic tank, it's important to look after a septic tank because it is responsible for treating and disposing of the wastewater from your home. If a septic tank is not properly maintained, it can lead to backups, clogs, and even system failure, which can cause sewage to back up into your home or yard.
This not only poses health risks but can also be expensive to repair. Regular maintenance of a septic tank can help prevent these issues and prolong the lifespan of the system.
Additionally, a malfunctioning septic system can contaminate the groundwater, which can affect the health and safety of your community. Proper care and maintenance of a septic tank are essential to ensure its safe and effective operation.

These are ways you can look after your Septic Tank:

  1. Regularly pump out the tank: Regular pumping of the septic tank is essential to prevent the accumulation of solid waste and sludge that can clog the system. You should pump out the tank at least once every three to five years, depending on the size of the tank and the number of people using it.

  2. Don't overload the system: Be careful about what you flush down the toilet or pour down the drain. Avoid putting things like cooking oil, grease, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, and non-biodegradable items into the system, as they can cause blockages.

  3. Conserve water: Reducing water usage can help prolong the life of the septic system. Fix any leaks, repair any dripping faucets, and avoid using the washing machine or dishwasher when the tank is being pumped out.

  4. Don't use chemicals: Avoid using harsh chemicals like bleach, drain cleaners, or other strong household cleaners. They can kill the good bacteria that break down the waste in the septic tank, which can cause backups and blockages.

  5. Add bacteria supplements: Adding bacteria supplements to the septic tank can help maintain the balance of good bacteria that breaks down waste. These supplements can be found at most hardware or home improvement stores.

  6. Maintain the drain field: Keep the area around the drain field free from heavy traffic, and avoid planting trees or shrubs nearby. Their roots can clog the system, and the weight of vehicles can compact the soil, preventing proper drainage.

  7. Regularly inspect the system: Regular inspections by a professional can help catch any potential problems before they become major issues. A trained technician can also give you advice on how to best care for your septic system.

Have you recently purchased one of our polymaster septic tanks and want to find out how to care for your product? Or are you researching all the in’s and out’s of how a septic tank works? If you are still on the fence we highly recommend the following 2 septic tank options:



Refer to our manufacture Septic Tank Care Instruction booklet here.

Refer to our Installation guide here.

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