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Septic Tank Maintenance & Care Tips

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If you have had a septic tank before, you probably already know how to use it properly. If you've just moved into a home though that has a septic tank and you have no idea what to do with it, then you need to read the tips below to help you take care of and maintain your septic tank properly to prevent a disastrous septic backup that could cause a major repair bill. See below for tips to care and maintain your septic tank.

Conserve Water

You don't want to waste water when you have a septic tank, as all of your waste water is going to go into the tank. There's no sense in wasting water no matter what type of plumbing you have in your home, but you especially don't want to waste water with a septic tank. This means only washing full loads of laundry or washing an entire dishwasher load of dishes, no half loads at all. Also try your best to take shorter showers, and turn off the water while brushing your teeth and washing the dishes. 

Another way to help conserve water is using high-efficiency appliances and fixtures around your home. Invest in toilets that use less water, water conserving shower heads and faucets, as well as a high-efficiency washing machine and dishwasher.

Pay Attention To What You Put Down Your Drains

Keep drain stops in your sink and shower/tub drains. This will help ensure nothing is sent into your drain and septic tank that shouldn't be there. Also use one-ply toilet paper, or toilet paper that dissolves quickly such as RV toilet paper to help prevent thicker toilet paper from filling up your septic tank too quickly. Other items should not be flushed down your toilet at all, throw it in the trash instead, even if the manufacturer says it's flushable—it's not for your septic tank.

Chemicals also should not be placed down your septic tank. If you have a clog, don't attempt to use any type of chemical down your drain. Contact a septic repair company through sites like if you have a clog in your drains.

Care For Your Septic Field

Your septic field is the area in your yard where your septic tank is located. Be sure not to drive anything heavy across the septic field, as you can do damage to your tank and septic lines. Also, be sure not to plant any trees, bushes and other landscaping near your septic tank, as roots can grow into your septic lines and cause damage that could be costly.

Caring for your septic tank is necessary to help prevent damage to your home and to your septic system. Be sure to have your tank emptied every three to five years. If you are experiencing slow draining, or notice any gurgling in your drains at all, call a professional septic repair company immediately.