Septic systems are often taken for granted because they are out of sight and out of mind. As a homeowner, your home is an investment. Protect your investment by following these tips to prevent drain field problems. Doing so can save you money, as well as protecting the health of your family.
Use Water Efficiently
By using water more efficiently, such as filling the bathtub with only as much as you need or turning off faucets while shaving or brushing teeth, you can improve the longevity of your septic system. It’s also recommended to maintain your plumbing to eliminate leaks in order to prevent constant volumes of clear water from entering the system.
Use Toilets To Flush Waste Only
Kitty litter, diapers, trash, feminine hygiene products, paper towels, newspapers, wrapping paper, rags, baby wipes or other non-biodegradable materials should NEVER be flushed in the toilet. Also, never allow grease or other bulky waste to enter the system and try to refrain from over-using ordinary household cleaning chemicals that will be flushed into the system.
Keep Heavy Objects Off Of The Drain Field
Heavy objects include cars, trucks, livestock, pavement, buildings, etc. Preventing vehicles from parking or driving on the drain field prevents the soil from compacting as well as potentially damaging drain field pipes and chambers. The drain field cannot function properly if pipes are crushed or if the soil is compacted to a point to where it cannot absorb liquids for proper treatment.
Never Plant Trees/Shrubs Near A Tank Or Drain Field
Trees and large shrubs should be at least 30 feet from the septic tank and drain field. Trees and shrubs have large root systems that can penetrate your septic tank and drain field resulting in the need for a new septic system.
Keep Extra Water Away From Drain Field
Do not drain or place a hot tub or pool on your drain field. Make sure that storm water is also directed away from the septic tank and drain field. The key here is to not over saturate the septic system so that it can properly treat waste water.
Remember, your home is your investment. Taking the proper steps to protect your septic system protects that investment. At Lapin Services, we recommend you get your septic tank routinely pumped every 2 to 3 years. Routine maintenance is your best bet at protecting your investment and protecting your family’s health. An unusable septic system or one that is in disrepair can lower your property value as well as even pose a legal liability.
Call Lapin Services today for more information on how we can help you protect your home.
Lapin Services, LLC
3031 40th Street
Orlando, FL 32839