Maintaining A Septic System

There is nothing like having a clogged drain get backed up until you are ankle deep in water. There is no doubt that a clog can be a major problem, especially if you are on a septic system. These can be excellent if they are maintained but can sure be bad if they get backed up. There are a few things that you can do that will really help you avoid a backed-up septic system. Here are a few simple things that you can practice each day to help you.


When you are on a septic system, the best thing that you can do with any food or leftover items is to throw them away. You may have a garbage disposal, but try not to use it. The extra food can be very hard for the bacteria in the septic system to break down. If the food is not broken down in a timely manner, then a clog will form and water or sewage may start to back up. Place a trash can by each of your sinks to promote throwing things away instead of putting them down the toilet or the sink.


The food that you put down the drain is not good for the bacteria, and it is also not good for the bacteria to put harsh chemicals down the drain. The most common problem to run into with the bacteria in the septic system is for it to be killed by a drain cleaner. The drain cleaners on the market are generally created using a very basic formula, so the pH is greater than 7. These harsh chemicals can wipe out an entire colony of septic bacteria. If this does happen, then you will be stuck with a septic system with no way to break down the sewage. As you can imagine, that is not a good thing, so instead of using drain cleaners, try to use a pipe snake.


If you find that your septic system is starting to get backed up, it is time to call the plumber. The most likely solution for your problem is simply to pump out the entire septic system. This is good practice every few years anyway. Pumping the septic system clears out any potential problems in the septic system. A plumber inspecting and working on your septic system may be the best thing that could happen to your septic system. Check out websites like to learn more.