Septic System Facts

A septic tank needs to maintain balanced live bacteria to work properly. The use of chemicals and bleach cause these bacteria in the tank to die. These also can be harmful to the ground water table of the drain field.
Any kind of wipes (flushable or not) or feminine products are not good to flush down a toilet. They can get caught and create a blockage in the line that will cost you money to have it cleared. They can also plug up a lift pump and cause it to not work properly or even ruin it, thereby costing you money to replace it.
Driving or running equipment over a drain field can damage the lines in the drain field, causing them to not work properly. In winter, riding over mounds or sledding down them will compact the snow, resulting a loss of the insulation that would help keep it from freezing.
Septic additives are NOT necessary. The solids in your tank have enough bacteria to make the system work properly. If after your tank has been pumped completely empty, you can add a package of Red Yeast if you feel that you won’t be using the system enough to quickly build up bacteria.
Cutting inspection pipes down to ground level and putting thicker caps on them can be helpful. If existing caps are broken, they should be replaced before winter to prevent freeze ups.
Running multiple back-to-back loads of laundry or other high flow events can stir up the tank and push solids out to the drain field. Allow sufficient time between events for the tank to settle.

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At Advantage Septic & Drain, we have your best interests at heart and want to avoid unnecessary problems with your septic system. We’ve compiled a list of facts to help you better understand your septic system. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Get to Know Your Septic System

Most people know very little about their septic tank system and probably aren’t concerned until problems arise. We understand. Since most of us live in urban or suburban locations, we have sewers to carry household waste to municipal facilities. For rural residents though, septic systems are critical, as they serve as both sewers and treatment facilities. When they malfunction, the homeowner is responsible for all repairs and any resulting home or environmental damage, so it’s imperative that you stay ahead of the game!