Just bought a new home? Between decorating and setting up your utilities, you have a lot on your plate.
But there’s one super important factor that shouldn’t go ignored: your septic system.
Like any other part of your home, your septic system needs a little TLC to stay in great working condition. As long as you take care of your tank and invest in professional septic inspections, it should last for as long as you own your home.
Here are a couple of helpful tips all homeowners should follow to keep their septic system safe and clean.
1. Don’t use too water
Overloading your septic system with water will lead to damage, clogs, and leaks.
Did you know that an average household toilet uses as much as 70 gallons of water per day? To reduce the flow of water going into your septic system, consider switching to low-flow toilets. You should also fix any leaky faucets or showerheads right away.
2. Don’t flush garbage
The only things that should ever go down your toilet are waste and toilet paper. Other objects, like trash, bandages, and wrappers can lead to serious septic damage.
As long as you’re careful about what goes into your septic system, it will continue to function for years without serious repairs.
3. Pump and inspect your septic regularly
Experts recommend having your septic system inspected by a top-rated septic company at least once a year. That way, you’ll never be surprised by sudden leaks, cracks, or clogs.
On top of that, your septic tank should be pumped (completely cleared of waste) at least every five years.
That routine maintenance might not be the most fun part of owning your home, but it’s the best way to avoid expensive septic system repairs.