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How to Improve the Efficiency of Your Septic System

Underground septic tank and house

You may not give much thought to your septic system unless it’s not working properly. However, septic tank problems can be a nightmare. If you've never experienced any, consider yourself lucky.


Those who aren't so lucky can tell you about the time their property flooded with sewage. This means having to deal with expensive water damage repairs and sanitizing all affected areas.


If you use a septic tank in your home, the efficiency of your system is crucial. You have to ensure that it is well-maintained so that you can prevent clogs and other issues. This will also help to ensure safe disposal of wastewater in your home.

Below are a few easy steps that will improve your septic system performance and prevent failure. Read on to learn more.


1. Proper Installation

One of the biggest causes of septic system problems is improper installation. If the system is improperly placed or the soil is not tested first, the chances are it will eventually cause issues in the future.

Make sure you hire a professional you can trust. This means someone with experience in the industry and who can inspect the property and test the soil before installation.


2. Regular Inspection and Pumping

One of the best ways to ensure that your septic system is running smoothly is to make sure that you’re correctly maintaining it. This is an important aspect of homeownership, particularly if you live in rural areas or areas that don’t have access to public sewage.


Approximately every three years, you need to get your septic tank pumped. Otherwise, the flushed material that doesn't pass through the system (like scum and sludge) can cause blockage and other problems like cracks and leaks.


Keep in mind that the three years are just a general guideline and that it is recommended to get the tank inspected every year to identify any potential issues.


3. Reduce Water Consumption

Scum and sludge aren't the only things that can overload your system. Too much water in the tank at one time can do this, too.

Using shower aerators, flow reducers, or high-efficiency plumbing fixtures like toilets, washing machines, and dishwashers can help conserve water and not overload your septic system, thus extending its life.


4. Properly Dispose of Waste

Certain things should never go down your drain, including:

  • Gum

  • Plastics (dental floss, wrappers, tampons)

  • Facial tissues

  • Cigarettes

  • Eggshells

  • Potato peels

  • Coffee grounds

  • And other

These will clog your septic system. Additionally, hair will need to be removed from your drains when it accumulates. This can clog the system as well.


Certain chemicals, like lighter fluid, paint thinner, pesticides, and fatty liquids (oil and grease), should also stay out of the septic tank. These can destroy the helpful enzymes and organisms that aid the decomposition of solid waste in the tank.


5. Leave Your Drainfield Alone

Your drainfield is where the wastewater drains into the soil. There, it's naturally filtered by the ground. Maintaining your drainfield so that it operates correctly requires only two steps.


First, locate where it is.


Second, keep it off-limits. As long as you don't dig, plant trees, or pile heavy equipment on top of it, it should remain functional.


Improve Septic System Performance With These Steps

The septic system is an essential part of the house since it helps in the removal of waste. Therefore, it is vital to maintain it in good condition. Not only does this prevent damage or malfunction due to breakdown, but also guarantees your safety and prevents possible environmental contamination.


Following these steps will ensure your septic system is both efficient and well-maintained.


If you require septic system service or installation in Edmonton, Strathcona County, or surrounding areas, count on Ardalta Vacuum Truck Services Ltd. With over 35 years of experience in the industry, we are committed to providing quality service for all your septic system needs. Contact us today to learn more about our services.


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