Considering what goes down the drains of your home or business every day, the last thing you want is a malfunctioning or backed-up septic tank; not only is septage unsanitary and pungent, septic tank repair can be very expensive depending. Regular inspection and maintenance of your septic tank can prevent these problems.
To ensure that your septic tank is working properly, you should avoid flushing the following materials down your drain:
- Cleaning chemicals
- Food scraps
- Hygiene products and other toiletries
- Cooking oil and grease
Septic system inspections
Bellemore hopes you’ll use this information to properly care for and maintain your septic tank. But even the most careful homeowner will need to have their septic tank inspected and pumped regularly. As the drains in your home are used, the sludge and scum levels will begin to rise, eventually requiring septic tank pumping services.
At Bellemore, our technicians excel at identifying factors that could affect your septic system. From tank to leach field, our technicians will ensure that your septic system is operating smoothly and that your tank levels are normal. If the scum and sludge levels in your tank are too high, it’s time for your septic tank to be pumped.
Do’s & Don’t’s
- DO have your tank pumped out every two to three years.
- DO keep a record of pumping, inspections, and maintenance.
- DO conserve water by repairing dripping faucets and leaking toilets.
- DO learn the location and layout of your septic system and drainfield.
- DO divert roof drains and surface water from driveways and hillsides away from septic system.
- DO keep vehicles away from the septic tank or drainfield areas.
- DON’T make or allow repairs to your septic system without obtaining the required health department permit.
- DON’T use commercial septic additives.
- DON’T flush nondegradables down your toilet. Some examples are coffee grounds, grease, plastic, bones, kitty litter, cigarette butts, and personal hygiene products.
- DON’T flush harmful chemicals like drain cleaners, solvents, paint, bleach, or floor/sink cleaners down your toilet or drains. They can kill the natural bacteria that treats your wastewater.
- DON’T use a garbage disposal.