Your septic tank is where all the wastewater from your home goes when you are on a private system. With a septic tank, you must understand how to take care of it to get years of usage from your septic tank.

Way #1: Get Your Tank Pumped Frequently

Many people put off pumping the tank for as long as possible to save money; this is not a good move. If you put off pumping the tank, you run the risk of the tank overflowing, which can cause a host of expensive issues, up to and including needing to replace the entire septic tank or drainage field.

That is why you should get your tank pumped frequently. Ideally, it would help if you got your septic tank inspected every few years. During the inspection, you will learn how full the septic tank is. It would help if you got your septic tank pumped when it is about half full; don't want for it to fill up all the way.

Way #2: Know Where Your Tank Is

Next, you need to make sure you know where the tank is located.

Knowing where your tank is located will help you take better care of it. When you get the tank serviced and pumped, you will be able to direct the service people to the tank. 

You should also keep tree roots away from your septic tank and avoid compressing the soil. 

Way #3: Use Water in an Efficient Manner

Third, you are going to want to make sure you efficiently use the water. 

For example, a leaking faucet doesn't just wastewater; it can flood your septic tank with more water than it can handle. A leaking faucet can actually damage your septic tank if it is not taking care of. You need to make sure you take care of any leaks right away to avoid damaging your tank. 

You can also reduce the amount of water that goes into your septic tank by using high-efficiency toilets, flow-restriction showerheads, and installing aerators in your faucet. Reducing the water that is sent to your septic tank will help reduce the strain on the tank.

Way #4: Add the Right Bacteria

Your septic tank works because it has a delicate balance of the right bacteria inside of it. Things like soap and detergent can harm the bacteria inside of your septic tank. That is why you may sometimes need to put a bacteria additive down your drain.

A bacteria additive will help balance out the bacteria in your septic system and keep it working correctly. A septic tank professional can also take care of adding the right bacteria additives when they inspect your tank.

If you have a septic tank, it is better to pump it more often than less often, as an overfull septic tank can cause expensive and extensive damage. You should know where your tank is located, take steps to limit the amount of water your tank has to process daily, and make sure you keep the bacteria balance where it should be. For more information on septic tank pumping, talk to a contractor today.