Many homes, particularly those in rural areas, aren’t connected to a city sewer system and must rely on a septic tank to handle wastewater. As sturdy as they are, septic tanks don’t last forever, and the time will come when you need to have a new septic tank installed. Septic tank installation also is performed when a new property is built.
These projects should be undertaken only by trained, licensed septic system professionals like those at Quality Septic Inc. of Plant City, FL. When your installation is done, here are some things you’ll need to know in order to make sure your system runs safely and efficiently.
A septic tank will affect your water use
Following a septic tank installation, you’ll be somewhat limited in how much water you can use in your home. This includes all the water that goes into drains as well as the water from your toilet.
Septic tanks have only so much space within them, so it’s important that you watch your water usage and get used to not using excess water that you don’t need. Too much water usage will cause your tank to overflow, leading to a mess.
When we perform your tank installation, we’ll offer some tips on how to best manage your water usage to avoid problems.
Septic tanks need to be pumped regularly
The key to a healthy and efficient septic tank is regular pumping, or cleaning. When we talked above about controlling water use, the point was to minimize the need to have your tank pumped. If you wanted to have full tank pumping every week, you could run your faucets around the clock. But you don’t want that.
Still, no matter how little water you use, your tank will eventually need to be pumped. Once a year is suitable for most homes with appropriately sized septic tanks.
Our team will help you come up with the ideal pumping schedule so you can avoid backups within the tank and in your home.
Watch what you put in your drains
Another adjustment you’ll be making following a septic tank installation is becoming extra watchful of what you allow to go down your drains.
Remember: everything that enters your sink, shower and toilet drains is going to end up in the septic tank, where it must be processed. Items and compounds that are difficult or impossible for a septic tank to process include the following:
- Leftover cooking grease
- Any solid or liquid fats and oils
- Food scraps
- Paper towels
- Any solid non-food objects
- Toilet paper that isn’t designed for use with septic systems
Allowing foreign materials into your septic tank is asking for trouble. Avoid the repairs and costs by using your drains only for normal liquids and waste, nothing else.
Septic tank service and inspections
It’s not hard to adjust to living with a new septic system. Over time, it will become second-nature. To keep your septic system running right, it’s important to have your septic system inspected and serviced periodically.
Our licensed inspectors will spot early signs of damage or malfunction so you can see to the problems quickly, before major repair work is needed. We’ll help you maintain your septic tank the right way, making sure it’s capable of serving you well for years and years.
When you need septic system service, Quality Septic has been the trusted name to call since 1994. Reach us at (813) 754-9891 or get in touch through our handy contact form.