Septic System Maintenance
Septic system maintenance means two simple things. First, sludge that accumulates in the bottom of the tank must be pumped out at regular intervals. How frequently your tank must be pumped depends on the size of the tank, the use it gets and the condition of the system. Every 3 – 5 years is recommended. There is no additive you can put in the tank to get rid of the sludge.
A Septic System Must Be Pumped Out
If the sludge in your system is not removed, it will eventually overflow into the second compartment. This will clog the system and it will need to be replaced, at enormous expense and inconvenience.
The second part of septic system maintenance involves the bacteria necessary for solids digestion.
If bacteria-killing products - such as bleach, disinfectants, drain openers, detergents, etc. - are used in the home, the bacteria must be replenished, in order to avoid the disastrous build-up and overflow of solids.EcoEthic Products help with this process.
Your septic tank could be overflowing solid material into the soil right now, and you won't know until it blocks the soil so badly that no more drainage is possible. This blockage takes varying periods of time depending on soil structure. But these are the facts: a neglected system will get blocked; it will overflow; it will have an obnoxious odour; it will contaminate and pollute the surrounding area. It will probably have to be replaced. The first septic system emergency usually marks the beginning of the end.
Don't Neglect Your Septic System
Save money & save the environment – pump out every 3-5 years!!
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