Septic systems are an ideal means of waste management when your property is too far from a municipal treatment system and water supply. Unfortunately, many people who buy homes with septic systems lack the understanding to properly care for the infrastructure. When you know what your septic system needs for adequate care, it's easier to maintain it and keep your plumbing system flowing. Here are a few of the reasons why you should keep up with routine septic tank pumping.

Reduces The Risk Of Plumbing Backups

Whether you've experienced a sudden increase in guests at your house or otherwise had an increase in your plumbing usage, you'll find that septic systems can't always keep up with those increases. This can cause excessive waste buildup in the tank, which prevents the tank from functioning the way that it should. This leads to backups in your septic lines and indoor plumbing fixtures because the wastewater can't drain the way that it's supposed to. Pumping the tank regularly, especially after a sudden increase in usage, will help you keep your tank functioning properly and reduce the risk of backups.

Eliminates Waste That Won't Break Down

Even the best efforts to manage what goes into your septic system may not be enough to keep some things out. Whether someone flushes a sanitary napkin or a flushable wipe, those products are hazardous to your septic system because they do not break down the way that the septic tank needs. Take every possible precaution to protect your septic tank from any waste that doesn't belong and schedule frequent tank pumping services to eliminate any inappropriate waste that may find its way in.

Improves Tank Efficiency And Condition

Keeping your septic tank pumped regularly helps maintain proper venting, allows your septic system to filter wastewater correctly, and minimizes sludge buildup in the bottom of the tank. All of these things help contribute to the efficient operation of your septic system. Not only that but keeping the tank pumped routinely also reduces the wear and tear on the tank. When you minimize wear, you save yourself significantly over time in repair costs.

These are just a few of the many reasons why it's in your best interest to keep your septic tank properly maintained and frequently pumped. Talk with your local septic pumping contractor about the best practices for your system based on its size, typical usage, and any specific considerations based on its structure. 

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