If you live in a rural area and your home doesn't make use of municipal waste water systems, it's critical that you know how to care for the living organisms responsible for handling that job. It's easy to put your septic system out of your mind and forget about it, but that way lies hardship and unpleasantness. If you treat your septic system as though it were just another pet, it's much easier to keep its care and maintenance in mind and avoid neglecting it.

Watching Your Waste Water

Anything that goes down your drains is going to end up in your septic tank, so it's a good idea to learn what it can handle and what can cause serious harm to the system. Septic bacteria in your holding tank break down solid waste, digesting it like a stomach, but if these microbes are over taxed, the solid waste will build up, eventually clogging it. Avoid using drains and toilets as garbage cans, and if you use a garbage disposal, make sure that it is rated for use with a septic system.

Make sure that the water coming from your taps is as clean as possible, and avoid allowing chemicals down your drains. Chlorine, antiseptic, anti-bacterial agents and cleaners high in phosphorous can all have negative impacts on the bacteria in your septic tank. Many rural homes draw their water from a private well, giving you complete control over the content of the water you use. On the other hand, if you draw your water from a municipal provider, it's one more reason to use a water filter in your home.

Care and Maintenance

Apart from just making sure you're not putting anything down your drains that shouldn't go there, maintaining your septic system takes relatively little effort on your part. All you really have to do is schedule for a regular clean out and inspection, based on the size of your tank and the size of your household. The more people who are using your septic tank, the more frequently it will need cleaned out, and a reliable schedule can be had from any septic tank company.

If you're planning ahead, you can look into the size of your septic tank on your own before you have it inspected. As a guide post, a 1000 gallon tank being used by 4 people will need cleaned out approximately once every two and a half years. Since most homes are built based on single room occupancy, with the master bedroom shared, you may be able to make a fair guess at the size of your septic tank.

The lack of monthly expenses on a septic tank can be a great selling point, but that doesn't mean you can simply forget about it. Get familiar with your septic system's needs, and be ready to call in a professional such as Absolute Plumbing & Drain Cleaning Services Inc. when it's time for scheduled maintenance.