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Septic Tank Problems and How to Prevent Them [Infographic]

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Preventing septic system backups

I recently came across this great infographic, “Backed Up: Septic Tank Problems and How to Prevent Them,” and wanted to share it. There’s a lot of great information, but I wanted to add some thoughts I had while reading. Check out the graphic and then scroll down for some more tips on keeping your septic system in good shape (click the picture to view the whole graphic).

Spotting common septic system problems

3 extra septic system care tips

If your system is newer, some septic system problems and abuse can be prevented. Here are some simple things you can do to keep your system working its best.

Watch what you put down the drains

Items flushed down the commodes and poured down the drains do not disappear. They have to be treated by your septic system. Things that can harm your system include feminine products, wipes (baby wipes, makeup remover wipes, disinfecting wipes, etc.), grease, paints, oils, cigarette butts…basically anything except toilet paper.

Watch how much you put down the drains

Economy in use of household water is recommended. Avoid taking long showers and doing several loads of laundry consecutively. Quickly fix dripping faucets, running commodes, malfunctioning water softeners, etc., as they can cause a system to flood out.

A caveat about tank sizes mentioned in #3 in the infographic: Regulations for septic tank sizing differ in Texas. For example, the infographic indicates a 900-gallon tank in needed for wastewater usage under 500 gallons per day; Texas regulations require a 1,250-gallon tank for the same amount of water usage.

Pump out what you put down the drains

Pump out your septic tank regularly to prevent the solids from accumulating too much. This can cause the drainfield to clog and require expensive repairs. The frequency of pumping will depend on your tank size and number of household occupants.

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