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How do I properly maintain the septic tank at my property?
Do you have a septic tank at your property and are unsure of how it works or how to properly maintain it? Ziegler Plumbing & Sewer, Inc. pumps and cleans septic tanks to avoid untimely sewer backups or overflows.
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If your drains are backing up, that could indicate that your septic tank is full or has a blockage and may require a cleaning.
It is common to have a septic back up after or even during heavy rainfall. Heavy rains can flood the ground around your tank leaving it overly saturated, making it impossible for water to flow out of your septic system.
This may indicate that your septic tank is full and needs to be pumped and cleaned.
Septic Tank FAQs
Proper maintenance can extend the life of your septic tank. We recommend having a commercial septic tank pumped and cleaned every one to three years. Frequency depends on a few things:
- What is the size of the tank?
- How many people use the tank?
- Is anything entering the tank (e.g., harsh chemicals) that would negatively influence bacteria growth in the system?
When we pump and clean septic tanks, we pump all the debris out of the tank and pressure wash the sides.
Sewer and water drains into your septic tank. Heavy solids settle to the bottom, where bacteria produces beneficial sludge and gases. The lighter solids, such as fats, oils and grease, rise to the top creating a layer of scum.
The liquid waste (aka effluent) exits the tank into the drainfield. The “outlet T” prevents the sludge and scum from leaving the tank and entering the drainfield.
We do not suggest introducing additives (bacteria and enzymes) into your septic tank. Per the EPA, biological additives do not appear to improve the performance of healthy septic tanks. Septic tanks are designed to create beneficial bacteria to break down the waste on their own.
Absolutely! You should avoid flushing sanitary napkins, paper towels, “flushable wipes,” thick toilet paper, cigarette butts, disposable diapers, and anything plastic or non-biodegradable. Additionally, you should limit fats, oils and grease as much as possible from your drains.
You should try to communicate to any tenants or employees at your commercial property what should and should not be flushed down the drains.