Failed to take care of your septic tank? Well, be ready to face a host of problems like a backed up sewage system and a stinking septic tank. Your septic tank is a vital part of your home plumbing system and if you don’t take care of it, you will have to face a host of problems.

​The good news is that taking care of your plumbing is not difficult. Here’s how you can do that.

Your Plumbing system is not a Garbage Dump
The first thing that needs to be done is moderate what gets thrown into your plumbing system. The septic tank cannot dispose of all wastes. Food matter, tissue papers, tampons, diapers and hair should not be thrown into the plumbing system. Not only do they have the potential to clog your plumbing system, but they also prevent your septic tank from breaking down waste.Ensure that your drains have a mesh to prevent hair from going through. Keep a dustbin in your bathroom so that trash can be emptied in it.

Avoid Cleaner Liquids
It is of uttermost importance that you do not pour an excess of cleaner liquids down your plumbing system. Cleaner liquids are corrosive in nature and likely to wear your pipes after an overuse. Additionally, cleaner liquids will kill the good amount of bacteria and enzymes that are in your septic tank. Bacteria and enzymes are critical to process the wastes in your septic tank.
As a rule, avoid cleaner liquids as much as possible.

Have a Professional Look at it
Before you hire a contractor to pump out the sludge and waste, have a professional plumber look at the tank. Every home has a different size, different number of people in the household, and a different amount of waste it produces. A professional will be able to measure the waste matter and inform you if it is time to pump your septic tank.

Pump the Septic Tank

A normal sized Canadian household should pump its septic tank at least every 4 years. It prevents solids from escaping the drainfields and clogging the soil pores. Furthermore, your septic tank will accumulate more sludge and scum that will block your plumbing system.

Check the Tank’s Structure

If the integrity of the tank’s structure is compromised, there is a chance that over time, the tank may get a crack or sprout a leak. This may happen due to old-age or a tree root has pierced the tank.

No Parking

One of the reasons why your septic tank may have a crack is because someone put something heavy on it, like a car. Septic tanks, though underground, usually have a clear area on top. Nothing heavy should be put on the tank, be it a car or a lawn mower.

​When you fail to take care of your septic tank, wastes will eventually rise to the top of your septic tank, creating an unpleasant sludge outside. If you need a professional to take a look at your septic tank, get in touch with Pro Plumbing. Our excellent service has our garnered us many loyal customers.


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