Septic tank maintenance is one of the simplest and least obvious ways to save money. Unless there is an offensive odor or you work in the plumbing or septic tank sector, your home’s septic tank condition usually won’t be a major concern.
You should have a second motivation, though, which is the ability of septic maintenance to save money. According to the EPA, a septic service expert should evaluate a household septic system at least every three years. That said, you can spend less on family septic tanks while keeping them in tip-top condition. Here are some tips for saving money on home septic system maintenance.
Keep Your Septic System Clean
Avoid having plants, trees, shrubs, or structures near your septic system. Put differently, your septic tank shouldn’t be built over. Otherwise, the weight may lead to cracks and make it hard for septic specialists to access your tank. Since roots can block the pipes, you should refrain from planting trees or shrubs near or inside your septic system. Remember, roots can cause pipes to burst, allowing sewage and untreated water from your septic tank to leak into the ground. Additionally, growing tree roots can choke pipes by sneaking into cracks in the pipes.
To secure the pipe, use a torque wrench. The tool is used to apply a precise amount of torque to fasteners, such as nuts or bolts. Here’s a fun fact. Conrad Bahr created the torque wrench in 1918 while employed by the New York City Water Department. However, doing the job yourself might appear cheaper and easier, but it will probably cost you more. Saving money on septic services occasionally entails contacting the experts rather than taking care of repairs yourself.
Get It Serviced Regularly
If you choose a letter at random from the alphabet, there is probably at least one disease, starting with each letter, that is associated with sewage contact. Just a handful of the countless illnesses that can be contracted from ingesting sewage-contaminated water, and direct contact with raw sewage, include hepatitis A, and gastroenteritis. If you couple this problem with poor dental hygiene, you risk getting periodontal disease. In fact, periodontal disease affects 47.2% of adults aged 30 and older, according to the CDC.
Now, when you service a septic tank regularly, coming into contact with sewage is not an issue. Only septic systems that have been ignored would cause severe problems. Ideally, toxic sewage can affect normal systems. Before sewage seeps into the water system and causes havoc, a specialist might detect an existing breach during an inspection and repair it accordingly before causing problems to your family.
Be Careful of What You Flush
Consider what you flush down the drain as another approach to avoid a septic problem. The obvious no-nos that can physically clog and backup systems include wipes, paper towels, tissues, balls of hair, and feminine items. Chemicals, grease, and cleaning products are additional things to avoid.
Your septic system is built to leverage naturally existing bacteria to break down sediments and waste. The pH of your septic tank can drastically shift when you abruptly introduce harsh chemicals or oil to that environment, upsetting the balance of ‘good’ microorganisms that maintain your tank operating effectively.
Simply read the label to see whether a product or detergent is safe for septic systems. A septic safe label or icon can be seen on many toilet paper products. Finally, it’s always better to be cautious than sorry.
We hope the above tips will be helpful to you. By adhering to these recommendations, you can save money on repairs and septic system replacements while also safeguarding the health of your family, neighborhood, and environment.
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