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When it comes to managing your home’s waste management, septic tanks play a crucial role. And whilst most homes are connected to the main sewage system, some homes have these private, underground systems that are designed to collect and treat sewage from your household safely.

But to maintain the functionality of your septic tank and prevent environmental hazards, it’s essential to follow the do’s and don’ts of septic tank disposal properly.

The do’s of septic tank disposal

If your home has a septic tank, it’s essential that you adhere to the following tips to keep your tank running as efficiently as possible.

1. Regular septic tank emptying

It’s recommended to schedule septic tank emptying every 3 to 5 years, depending on the tank’s size and household usage. Hiring a professional septic tank service is essential for safe and effective waste removal.

2. Use water wisely

Conserving water is not only an eco-friendly practice but also beneficial for your septic tank. Excessive water usage can overwhelm the system, leading to inefficient waste processing and potential backups.

Fix any leaks promptly, install low-flow appliances, and avoid running multiple water-intensive appliances simultaneously.

3. Dispose of household chemicals properly

Chemicals like bleach, paint, and medicines can harm the beneficial bacteria in your septic tank, disrupting the wastewater treatment process.

Dispose of these chemicals through safe, approved methods, and never flush them down the drain or toilet.

4. Maintain the drainfield

The drainfield, also known as the leach field, plays a crucial role in the final stage of wastewater treatment. To ensure its proper functioning, avoid parking heavy vehicles or constructing structures on top of it.

Planting deep-rooted trees or shrubs near the drainfield should also be avoided, as their roots can damage the pipes and obstruct water flow.

5. Regular inspections

Periodic inspections of your septic tank system are essential to detect potential issues early. A professional inspection can identify problems like leaks, blockages, or structural damage that may require immediate attention.

The don’ts of septic tank disposal

Whilst your septic system should run smoothly as long as you maintain it correctly, it’s important to avoid the following mistakes to make sure you’re not putting too much strain on the system.

1. Don’t overload the system

Avoid overloading your septic tank by limiting water usage and being mindful of what goes down the drain. Never dispose of excessive food scraps, grease, paper towels, or non-biodegradable items in your kitchen sink or toilet. These materials can clog the system and disrupt its operation.

2. Don’t ignore warning signs

Be attentive to warning signs that your septic tank might be experiencing issues. These signs may include slow-draining sinks or toilets, foul odours, or pooling water around the tank or drainfield. Ignoring these indicators can lead to costly repairs or replacements.

3. Don’t attempt DIY repairs

Septic tank systems are complex, and attempting DIY repairs without the necessary knowledge and tools can lead to further damage. It’s always best to hire a licensed septic tank professional for any repairs or maintenance tasks.

Septic tank emptying with M. Gaze & Co.

Whether you live in a property that utilises a septic tank, you work in agriculture or it’s your responsibility to monitor residential septic tank emptying — we’ve got you covered at M. Gaze & Co.

For more information on our other septic tank emptying services, contact us today.

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