Maintaining your Septic Tank Properly

Septic tanks are the most common ways to dispose of sewage and waste water.  A little maintenance and knowing what and what not to use a septic tank for can make all the difference in the lifespan and efficiency of your South Florida septic tank. See the tips below for some do’s and don’ts regarding you home or business septic tank system. w

Do:  Keep an Eye Out For Common Signs of Failure

Drains that do not flow smoothly and toilets that do not flush fully can be signs that your septic system needs some attention.  Do you smell a foul odor near the area of your septic tank? This could be a sign of septic tank failure and could cause an enviromental or human safety issue if not properly addressed. Call the experts at Coral Gables Plumbing for expert advice immediately. necessary repairs.

Do:  Have the Septic Tank Pumped Regularly

Having your septic tank pumped on a regular basis can help increase the life of your septic system. Depending on certain factors like the size of your septic tank and number of people in your house, it’s a good idea to pump your septic tank every 3 – 5 years.

Don’t:  Never Flush These Materials 

Septic tanks are made to process waste and materials that are meant to dissolve in water. In addition, chemicals and oils can disrupt the natural process that occurs in your tank and cause an early failure. Never flush the following down your septic tank:

  • paper products other than toilet paper like feminine sanitary products, wet wipes and paper towels
  • cigarette butts
  • q-tips and cotton balls or pads
  • hair
  • kitty litter, dirt or sand
  • grease and oil
  • household cleaners that contain harsh chemicals or bleach
  • medicine

Want to find out if it’s time to pump your septic system? Call Coral Gables Plumbing at 305-254-3434 or contact us using the form on this page to speak with an expert and get your septic tank in tip top shape!

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