Is Your Septic System Functioning Effectively?

It isn't every day that someone asks, "Is your septic system functioning effectively?", but, when your household septic system quits functioning, it becomes a big priority really fast.

Millions of households throughout the United States rely on their own mini-sewage treatment plant -- their septic system. This on-site treatment system, when properly designed, installed, operated and maintained, will treat sewage to protect the family, community and water supply from diseases and contamination for up to 30 years. The average home septic system is pumped every 3 – 5 years.

The best advice for prolonging the life of your home septic system is to conserve water. The more water you put through your septic tank, the more water it must treat and the quicker it is going to stop working. Organize laundry, dish washing and bathing to use your water wisely and efficiently.

Don't pour grease, coffee grounds and similar materials down your kitchen drain. Never pour paints, cleaners, solvents or any caustics down any drain. Some people toss cigarette butts, sanitary Products , hair and paper and other solid materials into the commode. This is a serious mistake. Don't use your commode and septic system for a trash can. You will be adding to the sludge build up in the septic tank.

If you have a kitchen sink garbage disposal, you should inspect your septic tank and pump out the solids about twice as often as you normally would. Therefore, try to limit the amount of food waste you put through the disposal. Even without a sink garbage disposal, have your septic system inspected occasionally and the solids pumped out.

There are beneficial bacterial Products such as BioOne®, which homeowners (as well as businesses) use to restore and optimize the natural bioaugmentation in our wastewater system. BioOne® does not emulsify or liquefy oil, grease and organics, but literally eliminates it through natural biological digestion.

Also, avoid adding enzymes (emulsifiers), soaps and other advertised "miracle cures" to your septic tank. These emulsifying additives do not reduce the need to pump solids out of your septic tank, and some of these emulsifying additives contain organic chemicals that actually hinder natural bacteria in the septic system, and cause the premature failure of the drain field.

In review, you can prolong the life of your home septic system by:

  • Using BioOne® to restore and optimize natural biological activity!
  • Conserving water!
  • Not installing a garbage disposal!
  • Having your septic tank inspected every few years!
  • Not pouring grease, coffee grounds or miracle cures down your household drain!

Professional Plumbing and Design is based in Sarasota Florida. We offer residential and commercial plumbing services for Sarasota and the surrounding areas including Bradenton, Palmetto, and Venice.

If you are in need of a Plumbing Contractor – call the professionals at 941-355-5400, or click here to schedule a service call.

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