Septic Tank Tips For New Owners

This guide provides tips for maintaining your septic tank in good condition and avoiding costly repairs as a new owner.
Maintaining your dream residence’s plumbing is one of the most important responsibilities.
First-time septic tank owners may need help knowing where to start. That’s why we’ve compiled this guide for them.
In the beginning, you might feel overwhelmed by your septic tank. Don’t worry! With a few simple tips, you can ensure your tank is functioning properly and that you’re following proper maintenance techniques. Today’s guide covers everything from regular and professional septic system inspections to proper garbage disposal!

First-Time Septic Tank Owners: 6 Tips

1. Get to know your septic tank

You’re solely responsible for keeping your septic system functional through DIY methods, professional plumbing maintenance, or a combination of both. Hence, knowing the installation and maintenance details is a wise decision.
At the very least, you should know where and when the septic tank was last pumped. Knowing this information can save time when resolving issues like clogs.

2. Regularly inspect your septic tank

It’s a common misconception among homeowners that septic tanks have to be inspected only when there’s a problem. But this isn’t true, as regular inspections help to keep your septic system running at its best.
Detecting septic tank problems early, such as clogs, will save you a lot of money and time that would have otherwise been used for repairs.
Inspect the rest of the septic system, pipes, and drain field near the tank as well. Otherwise, you may end up with a completely damaged system.
You should schedule a professional septic system inspection session every 3 to 5 years, if not more frequently.

3. Do not choose between septic tank pumping and cleaning

Most first-time septic tank owners think pumping and cleaning are the same and only do one.
The accumulation of scum, sludge, and human waste in your septic tank can cause severe backups and leaks over time if not removed. It’s also possible to experience sewage flooding if you ignore this issue for too long. Get your septic tank pumped regularly to prevent this, so don’t forget to do so.
Septic tank cleaning, on the other hand, is a more elaborate process involving a thorough tank cleanup, starting with septic tank inspections and cleaning the tank from the inside out. You should also consider cleaning the tank after pumping, but not all septic service providers do that. So make sure you choose the right professional for your septic system.

4. Avoid tree impact on your septic system

If you’ve recently moved into a new home and noticed trees growing near your septic tank, it’s best to relocate them. And if you’re designing your backyard from scratch, avoid planting trees near the tank and keep only grass cover.
As much as we support environmental protection, tree roots will inevitably get attracted to the moisture in the tank, causing the tank to crack and leak.
In addition, the wastewater flooding may have damaged vegetation. And you know how costly it can be to clean up all the mess!

5. Maintain your plumbing system properly

As all the water flowing down your drains eventually ends up in your septic tank, keeping the plumbing optimal can reduce its workload.
To prevent plumbing fixture backups, you should regularly clean the pipes and replace them as soon as necessary. Other energy-efficient appliances, such as an energy star washer and low-flow plumbing fixtures, are also recommended.
Make sure your sinks are equipped with faucet aerators and your bathrooms with high-efficiency toilets. Besides lowering your water bills, this will ensure optimal water flow, which will not strain your septic tank.
We also recommend avoiding running multiple loads of laundry too frequently, as the soap and dirt will clog the septic tanks faster than they can cope. Also, make sure the laundry room drain doesn’t get clogged. For the kitchen sink, keep the garbage disposal from clogging the main outlet drain.

6. Dispose of garbage properly

Keep in mind that your outlet drains are generally intended to drain water and less viscous liquids. Therefore, ensure that all solid waste, such as soap, food scraps, plastic, hair, etc., does not enter the drains.
Don’t flush toilet paper, paper towels, coffee grounds, oil pesticides, drain cleaners, or harsh chemicals down the drain. By disrupting their internal pH levels and hindering their ability to break down waste effectively, these can severely damage septic systems (or sewer systems).
Cooking oil and sludge layer formed by cooking grease or animal fat should not be poured down the kitchen sink drain. Never pour chemicals down the drain to dissolve corroded bits or free up clogs.
How to become a septic tank pro: tips for new owners
When inspecting your septic tank, wear a mask before opening the lid, as an absence of oxygen and toxic gas can be fatal.
Regardless of the size or type of your septic system, we ensure professional maintenance and proper treatment, so if you’re looking for a septic service provider, call us at SWR Plumbing. Our Melbourne plumbers can also assist you in installing a septic system or scheduling professional plumbing maintenance. Talk to one of our plumbers today to find out how we can help.