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Don't Tank The Septic Care: 3 Ways To Keep Your Septic System Safe

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If you're new to septic tank ownership, you should know that they require preventative maintenance and tender-loving care. Unlike municipal sewer systems that are maintained by the city, you're responsible for the upkeep of your septic tank. Some things that might not seem like much can actually cause serious damage to your septic tank. When it comes to taking care of your septic tank, here are a few things you should be aware of.

Avoid Over-Watering

When you flush the toilet, or drain the sinks and tubs, all the solids and water flow through to the septic tank. Once the water and solids are in the tank, the solids sink to the bottom of the holding tank and the water is drained out to the seepage pit.

If water flows slowly into the septic tank, the system can drain properly. However, if too much water enters the septic tank at once, the system can back up. When that happens, you can end up with raw sewage backing up into your home. To prevent problems, space the time between baths, and limit the number of laundry loads you do each day.

Be Gentle with the Toilet Paper

When it comes to your septic tank, not all toilet paper is created equal. Some toilet paper will actually harm your tank. Be sure that the toilet paper you use is safe for septic use. To make sure that your toilet paper won't get stuck inside the tank and cause problems, you can try this simple test.


  1. Fill a glass jar with water.

  2. Place a handful of toilet paper in the jar and put the lid on.

  3. Shake the jar vigorously for about 2 minutes.

  4. The toilet paper should begin to break apart.

Stay Chemical-Free

Your septic tank utilizes healthy bacteria to break down waste into a non-solid form. Without the healthy bacteria, the waste is not able to break down properly, which means that your tank will fill up too quickly. You can prevent this problem by limiting the amount of anti-bacterial cleansers that you use around the house.

Your septic tank needs special care. Many of the things that are safe for a municipal sewers can potentially harm your septic tank. To keep a new septic tank in good condition, you can use these simple tips. Be sure to use the right type of toilet paper, and limit the amount of water and chemicals you place in your tank.

If you encounter problems and need septic tank service, contact a company like Southern Sanitary Systems Inc.