Without a working septic tank, you’re home will have a massive waste management problem. So how do you prevent septic tank problems from occurring? You ensure septic tank maintenance is done right.

Here are 5 tips for septic tank maintenance.

Understand your septic tank
Before you start cleaning the septic tank, it is important you know the basic features of the tank. In a septic tank, solid waste settles to the bottom and scum rises to the top. Excess liquid goes out to the drain field. Bacteria breaks down the solids in the tank but they need to be pumped out periodically. Once you understand the concept of how it works, it will be easier for you to clean it and maintain it.

The tank needs time to separate the solids and liquids and send the liquids to the drain field. Too much water can upset the delicate biological balance within the tank, thus defeating its ability to function smoothly. Moreover, discharging more water into the system than it can handle can cause it to back up, which is not a desirable occurrence. Keep in check the amount of water you allow to flow into the tank.

Keep heavy things away from the tank

Do not put anything heavy on your septic tank like a shed, cement or, asphalt over the tank. Also avoid parking heavy vehicles like your RV, over the tank. This can damage the tank and pipes and compromise the effectiveness of the drain field.

Don’t use excessive chemicals
The use of chemicals in excessive quantity can disrupt the functioning of the tank. You can use normal amounts of household detergents, bleaches, drain cleaners, and other household chemicals without stopping the bacterial action in the septic tank. But, for example, don’t dump cleaning water for latex paintbrushes and cans into the house sewer.


Do not dump grease down the tank drain. It may plug sewer pipes or build up in the septic tank and plug the inlet. Always keep a separate container for grease waste and throw it out with the garbage.

Clean the tank

Get your septic tank pumped to clean it. How often you need your tank pumped depends on the size of your tank and the number of people in your household, usually every 1-5 years. Garbage disposal use increases the frequency that the tank needs to be pumped.

Use the following ideas for septic tank maintenance. If you need to check up your tank, call us at Pro Plumbing today and we’ll be glad to help you.

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