Keep Your Septic System Running Smoothly

You may not realize that you have a problem with your septic system until you need to have it worked on. There are many different things that can cause a lot of problems for your septic system. If you have problems with the system, the best thing to do is to have it pumped, but there are also some other things that you can do to prevent a few of the most common problems with a septic system. Here are just a few of the different ways that you can prevent some of the most common septic problems. 

Don't Use Chemicals

It seems like it is almost inevitable to have a clogged drain. If and when you do get a clogged drain, do not use harsh chemicals to get rid of the clog. The chemicals that are found in a lot of the different solutions are going to be very harsh and are usually very acidic. These chemicals are going to cause a lot of damage to the bacteria in the septic system. The bacteria in the septic system play a vital role in the breakdown of the sewage. If they are gone, then the septic system won't be able to break the sewage down. Instead of using a chemical solution to unclog a drain, try using a pipe snake. 


Another common problem that blocks up septic systems and ultimately results in a septic system having to be pumped is non-biodegradables being put down the drain. This can occur in any part of the home. Make sure that you are not flushing anything down the toilet but sewage, and also be careful about what you put down the other sinks in your home. This is especially true in a home that has a disposal in the sink in the kitchen. A good rule of thumb is to not use your disposal because much that is disposed this way can't be broken down sufficiently by the disposal. 


You are going to want to ensure that the system is draining properly. Often homeowners will not know where the septic tank is or where the septic tank draining field is. This area needs to be free from obstruction so the septic system is allowed to drain the proper way. If it is obstructed in anyway you may find you have a problem. Keep the septic tank drain field free of any type of debris to ensure that the system drains properly. 

For more information, contact a company like River City Septic & Excavating.