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Keeping A Septic System Performing Properly

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Your septic system is one of the most important parts of your home. Most do not think about the septic system until something goes wrong with it, but then it becomes the most important system in the home. When it comes to your septic system there are a few mistakes that are very common, and these mistakes can have adverse affects on the overall performance of the septic system. In order to keep your septic system running at optimal performance, and avoid the services of a plumbing repair company, here are a couple tips.


One of the biggest problems that you can run into is a clogged pipe. Whether the clog is from the toilet or from the sink, a clog can be extremely frustrating. The first thing that can help keep your drains from getting clogged is a garbage can. It may sound simple, but one of the most common reasons for a clog is trash. When septic systems are flushed and pipes are unclogged it is very common to find cigarette butts, baby wipes, plastic wrappers, condoms, and many other ridiculous non-biodegradable products. Make sure that you are very careful what you put down the drain, and flush down the toilet. 

It is also very important how you take care of a clog. The most common way to get rid of a clogged drain is to pore a bunch of chemicals down the drain in the form of a liquid. These liquids can be used sparingly, but if used in excess they can do a lot of damage. There are many different types of bacteria that help break down the sewage. If these bacteria die then the sewage in your septic tank may not break down properly. Instead of using a liquid it is better to use a pipe snake to unclog the drain. 

Septic Pumping

A common problem is not thinking of the septic system until there is a problem. If you want to keep your septic tank running at peak performance you need to have your tank pumped on a regular basis. The reason that this is so integral to the health of your septic system is that there can be buildups of sewage and garbage that are blocking the draining system. If these are not taken care of then your system is not going to work properly, and you could be in for a mess. A good rule of thumb is to get your septic tank pumped every other year.