Part of living in a rural area around Hamilton, such as Flamborough, Mount Hope or Lynden is having a septic tank, and they can cause some issues if they aren’t cared for properly. This can leave you with a yard filled with septic waste, which can be gross and get a little smelly. With proper care and maintenance, you can avoid having big problems with your septic system and keep your yard waste-free. If you’re looking for a few ways to keep the septic system on your Hamilton home healthy, here are a few tips to look into.
Have the system inspected
Like with most things, having regular inspections and check ups can help avoid major issues down the road. The inspection can find minor issues that you need to repair now so that they don’t turn into bigger issues.
In addition to an inspection, make sure you also get the tank pumped regularly. Now, “regularly” is relative based on the size of your tank, how many people live in your house and the amount of waste your household generates. In general, most people have their tanks pumped out once every 3 to 5 years.
Efficient use of water
One of the most common factors in a failed septic system is the overuse of water. Go around your home and check for any toilets or faucets that might have a slow leak and do any necessary repairs. Doing this will help reduce the amount of water that is moved into the septic system of your home, and therefore help avoid problems.
If you have a hot tub, it’s also advisable to not drain the hot tub into the septic system or into the drain field. Doing so can drown your septic system, and the chemicals in the hot tub can cause damage to the tank over time.
Think about the landscaping
Septic systems are beneath the ground in your yard, and you can’t see them, but you will still have to be careful with the landscaping you choose to do in your yard. In the area where your tank is, it’s strongly recommended to cover it with grass and not plant any trees with large root systems. Longer root system can intrude on your tank and cause damage to it and the pipes coming in and out of it. It’s also important to make sure that any irrigation systems you may have in your lawn drain away from the area over the septic tank.
Be careful about what goes down the drain.
When you have a septic system in your Hamilton home, it’s important to be mindful of what is going down the drain. You will want to prevent a build-up of solid waste material inside the septic tank. A solid build-up can cause a major clog in the tank or the pipes leading to it. Additionally, it would be best to avoid pouring grease down the drain. The grease will line the pipes with gunk, which causes problems over time.
Having a septic tank with your Hamilton area home may take a little bit of conscious maintenance, but that doesn’t mean it’s not reasonable to take care of. With a little effort, you can keep your septic system clean and running perfectly well.
Contact Wentworth Plumbing today.
If you have questions about your septic tank or wish to book an inspection, maintenance, or repair, contact Wentworth Plumbing today.