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Septic Tank Filling Up Too Fast? 4 Habits You Should Stop Today

While most septic professionals recommend having your tank pumped out at least once every 3 years. However, there are a lot of variables that may make your tank fill up faster. For example, if you have a small septic tank and a lot of people in your household, you may have to get it pumped several times per year. Your habits may also influence how often you have to get your tank pumped. If you want to put off pumping as long as you can, maintain your tank properly, using any additives that your plumber gives you and following all instructions—or simply change the following four habits. 

Stop Wasting Water

Every drop of water that goes down your drain has cycles through your septic tank. If your tank has to cycle too much water, it becomes less efficient and can fail. Be sure to cut back on water usage as much as possible. Check for water leaks often and fix them as soon as you find them. Install energy-efficient faucets and shower heads as well as appliances. Don't forget your toilet either; get one that uses less water with each flush. 

Stop Disposing

When you use your garbage disposal, you're sending more solid waste to your septic system. It can take a great deal of time for solid waste to degrade properly. What's more, fat and grease can clog your system. Try not to use your disposal unless it's absolutely necessary. Instead, dispose food scraps into the trash bin. 

Stop Frequent Flushing

Flush human waste, but stop flushing things down the toilet that shouldn't be flushed. For example, baby wipes, floss, cigarette butts, chemicals, and cosmetics should never be flushed. They can all wreak havoc on your system and its biological harmony. Think twice before putting anything down your toilet or drain. If it isn't human waste or labeled safe for your septic tank, it shouldn't be going there. 

Don't Ignore Your Drainfield

You can't do just anything you want in your drainfield. Find out where it is and be sure to avoid parking or planting trees and other types of foliage there. Also, do not pump excess water into the drainfield. Doing so can overwhelm your system and cause it to fail. 

As you can see, there are several ways you can keep your tank from filling up too fast. If you have a large family, you may also want to consider getting a bigger septic system to handle all the waste your family creates. To learn more about your options, contact services like Tyler Contracting Co.