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How Healthy Is Your Septic System?

If your home is not on a municipal sewer, then whenever you flush your toilet or pour something down the drain, it goes into a septic system.  From there, it will exit the septic tank and enter a drain field, where it then passes into the soil.  However, sometimes even the best-laid plans go wrong and your septic tank can backfire, causing waste to backup into your drains.  As you can imagine, the result is very unpleasant. That's why septic tank maintenance is so important.  If your septic tank is not regularly inspected and pumped, it will start to accumulate solids and could potentially overflow.  When your septic tank overflows, it will clog the drain field and contaminate ground and surface water.  If this sounds like the opposite of a good time, then follow these tips from your London Ontario septic system service experts at BEST.

How to Inspect Your Septic Tank

First and foremost, never attempt to perform septic tank maintenance when the ground is frozen.  Summer is an ideal time to see if things are up to par or if you’re in need of septic system services.

Secondly, only an experienced septic system investigator is capable of inspecting a septic system properly.  The inspection should include both the tank and the drain field.  Inspecting the tank alone will not give you the whole story. 

How Often Should You Inspect or Pump Your Septic Tank?

When should you contact our London Ontario septic system services to pump your septic tank?  According to the Ontario Building Code, septic systems are to be pumped every 3 to 5 years.  However, you are more than welcome to schedule an inspection whenever you feel it may be necessary. Sometimes you can never be too careful when it comes to septic tank maintenance.

Everyday Septic Tank Maintenance That Makes a Big Difference

What can you do to keep your septic system in good working order?

  • Be choosey about what gets flushed: aside from typical waste, toilet paper is the only other thing that should be flushed.  Items such as sanitary products, paper towels, disposable diapers, cigarette butts, or tissues will harm your system and result in more pump-outs.
  • Be choosey about what goes down the sink: septic systems are not designed to dispose of food waste, coffee grounds, or fat. Washing these items down the sink will only cause damage to your septic tank.  If you’re trying to keep these items out of landfills, try composting them.  You will have nutrient-rich soil and will save on unnecessary septic system repairs.
  • Avoid using a garbage disposal: just because it’s been ground up, doesn’t mean that your septic system will be able to handle it any easier.  If you do use a garbage disposal, it’s very important that you have a larger than normal tank with an effluent screen and that you pump out more frequently.
  • Don’t rinse toxic materials: pouring disinfectants, large amounts of bleach, drain cleaning products, oils, and other chemicals down any drains or your toilet will damage your septic system.  Even rinsing paintbrushes down the sink will allow enough paint to travel into your tank and impair optimal performance.
  • Reduce your water usage: by reducing the amount of water you use, not only are you being environmentally friendly, but you are also cutting back on the load of wastewater your septic system must handle.  In addition, you’ll save on your water bill.
  • Balance your water usage: if your septic system receives large volumes of water in a short period of time, the result is that more solids will move into the drain field.  This can result in a clog.  Spread things evenly over the week.

Keep your septic system healthy in order to avoid clogs and backups.  Contact our London Ontario septic system services at BEST Plumbing and Drainage Contractors to find out more about how we can help you achieve optimum septic system health.