Posted on: 30 November 2016
If you're in the process of buying a home with a septic system, and you've never used one before, there are some things you should know. First, literally all the solid waste that flows from your home will be stored inside your septic tanks. Second, without proper care, that solid waste can back up into your home. Finally, there are some things you should avoid when you have a septic system. Here are some simple steps you can take to make sure your septic system doesn't fail you.
Have it Inspected
If the home you're buying has a septic system, you need to have it inspected before you sign any contracts. Without proper inspection, there's no way of knowing if there are any hidden problems. To ensure that you're not purchasing someone else's septic problems, haver the entire septic system inspected, including both holding tanks, as well as the seepage field. If the septic tanks are full, be sure the current owner has them pumped prior to the sell.
Provide Routine Maintenance
Once you move into your new home, you'll need to continue following a schedule for routine septic maintenance. It's recommended that you have your septic system serviced at least once every three to five years. This will ensure that your tanks don't overfill. It's also a good idea to have the inside of the tanks cleaned with a high-pressure hose each time you have them pumped.
This will remove any waste that's collected on the bottom of the tank. You should also have your drains cleaned at the same time. This is particularly true if you've noticed foul odors coming up from the septic. Those foul odors could be coming from solid waste that was backing up through the drains. Drain cleaning will remove the waste buildup, and the bacteria that could be growing in your pipes.
Know What to Avoid
When it comes to septic tanks, there are some things that you shouldn't send through the drains. For instance, you should avoid using bleach-based cleaning supplies. Bleach can kill the healthy bacteria that your septic tank needs to process the waste. You should also avoid flushing things like cigarettes and baby wipes. They can clog up the access ports leading into your septic tank.
If the house you want to purchase is connected to a septic tank use the tips provided here to avoid septic problems. For other tips on how to care for your septic system, be sure to speak to your septic care provider.Share