Septic System Mistakes To Avoid

4 Easy Ways To Take Care Of Your Septic System This Summer

by Melinda Crawford

This summer is a good time to make sure that you are taking proper care of your septic tank. There are lots of really easy ways that you can ensure that you are taking the best care possible of your septic system this summer.

#1 Limit What You Flush Down The Toilet

First, you need to make sure that you limit what you flush down your toilet. Only waste and toilet paper should go down your toilet. You should not flush anything else down your toilet, including napkins and paper towels.

Other paper products, outside of toilet paper, are not designed to break down in your septic tank. That includes everyday items like napkins, wipes, paper towels and sanitary napkins. Make sure that you keep a trash can, preferably with a lid on them, in your bathroom so that you and your family have a discrete way to throw away these items.

#2 Don't Park Vehicles On Top Of Your Septic System

Second, don't start parking vehicles on top of where your septic tank is located. That includes boats, RVs and other fun vehicles you may use in the summertime. Parking on top of your septic system can compress the dirt above your septic system. This can result in additional pressure being put on your septic tank, which can lead to the pipes that connect to your septic tank cracking or breaking. It can also lead to damage to your septic tank over time as well. You can avoid all of these problems by simply not parking on top of the area where your septic tank is located.

#3 Rent Toilets For Big Events

If you are hosting any large events this summer, and you know you are going to have a large number of guests attempting to use your toilet all at the same time, you may want to look into renting a toilet for the big event. This will take the pressure off of your own septic system, and ensure that it doesn't backup or cause any issues that will interfere with the big event that you are hosting.

The good news is that you can rent really nice portable toilets that come with regular toilets, sinks, and running water. You can still keep it classy, provide an alternative bathroom, and protect your septic tank at the same time.

#4 Be Mindful Of Your Landscaping

Finally, be mindful of your landscaping this summer. Remember that you shouldn't plant trees or other items with deep root systems near your septic tank. Over time those deep roots will be drawn to your septic tank and could cause damage to your septic tank. You can prevent this by being mindful of what and where you plant items within your landscaping plan. 

To learn more, contact Five Star Septic Service And Portable Toilet Rentals.