MAINTENANCE TIPS

Maintain a Healthy Septic System with John Kline Septic Services

Understanding Your Septic System 

If you’re like most homeowners, you probably don’t give much thought to your septic system, but “out of sight, out of mind” is not the best policy when it comes to your home’s most important utility. To properly maintain your septic system it’s important to know how things work. In a septic system, solid waste settles to the bottom, while scum rises to the top. The excess liquid is pushed out into the drainfield where it filters back into the ground. Inside the tank, bacteria break down the solids but over time the tank fills up and requires pumping

how a septic system works
Your septic tank can only handle so much water at a time so it’s important to conserve water, especially if your tank is on the small side. The two biggest water users in your home are your shower and your washing machine so try spacing out your water usage whenever possible. You may also want to consider installing low flow or high efficiency toilets and shower heads.  In addition to having your tank pumped regularly, here are some other ways to extend the longevity of your septic system.

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Maintenance Tips 


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Do not put anything heavy on the ground above your septic tank or drainfield like a shed, parked cars, an above ground pool, or a cement patio. The excess weight can damage the tank and pipes or compromise your drainfield.

Avoid flushing household chemicals down the drain to protect your septic system!
Do not flush or pour down the drain anything non-biodegradable. This includes: 

Feminine hygiene products
“Flushable” wipes
Tissues & Paper towels
Cat litter
Coffee grounds
Household chemicals
Grease, Paint or Bleach


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Do not plant any trees or shrubs with deep roots near your septic system. Expansive root systems can damage your septic tank and connecting pipes.

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Consider a septic system additive like Bio-Active. Bio-Active comes in small packets (similar to laundry pods) that are bio-degradable and contain essential bacteria that help to break down solids in your septic system. You flush one down the toilet once a month and a year's supply is less than $40.
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