Tips for Extending the Life of Your Septic Tank System

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Tips for Extending the Life of Your Septic Tank System

If you live in a rural area or somewhere off-grid, then you are likely beholden to a septic tank system. Property owners in these circumstances should stay on top of maintenance and handle repairs as soon as possible. The following are some tips for extending the life expectancy of your septic tank system. If your routine inspection is due, or if you would like to arrange a quick repair, then feel free to call Septic Blue of Raleigh to speak with a friendly representative.

Proper Use

A septic system is an onsite waste-and wastewater-treatment facility. With average sizes ranging between 500 to 2,000 gallons, these systems are not very large. This is especially palpable when you consider that just a shower can use 20 gallons of water. Meanwhile, a 6-person hot tub can hold anywhere up to 500 gallons of water. Flushing all of that water down into the septic tank can easily overload the unit. Be very water-conscious when you rely on a septic system.

A second note on septic systems: they often rely on bacteria and microorganisms. Understandably, anti-bacterial soap is a threat to these "good" bacteria. Similarly, harsh chemicals can kill vital microorganisms. Avoid pouring such liquids down your drains if you have a septic system installation.

In short, be mindful of your septic system’s volume and limitations. Use appliances properly and stagger their usage to reduce the risk of a flooded septic tank.

Proper Care

A septic system is fairly simple and incredibly useful. They get the job done and can give you thirty years of service life. This comes with a caveat, though. The unit must be properly cared for and maintained. Never forget to schedule your annual or biennial septic tank inspection and your routine septic tank pumping. Delaying regular maintenance can end up giving you a lot of problems and even damage the septic system.

Timely Repair

The septic system is buried several feet underground. How will you know it is damaged? Frankly, routine inspections are your best bet for catching signs of a damaged septic system. Our technicians use sophisticated technology to detect root problems. However, there are other signs closer to the surface. If you notice foul odor coming from your drains and the yard, patches of overly lush grass and indentations in the yard, or pest and rodent infestations, then it might be time to schedule a septic repair as soon as possible. Septic Blue of Raleigh is certainly ready to help!

Eventual Replacement

You can extend the life expectancy of a septic system, but that septic system is not going to last forever. It will eventually be time for a replacement, and Septic Blue of Raleigh is ready to help. Call now to schedule a replacement.

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