When you can’t tie into the city sewage system, you must install your own septic on-site. Many new homeowners don’t know much about septic systems, so we’ve put together this simple maintenance guide. It’s important to understand your septic system so that you don’t “waste” time and money. Today’s systems are very dependable if treated with the respect they deserve, and proper maintenance is as simple as a few easy steps.
THE TOILET IS NOT A TRASH CAN
Everything that is flushed goes into the septic tank. This results in one of two things: it is broken down or it is not. Remember that the toilet is meant to eliminate only biodegradable items. This means you should not flush trash, female hygiene products, paper products (excluding toilet paper, of course), or any other product that cannot be broken down in nature.
BE MINDFUL OF WHAT YOU POUR DOWN YOUR DRAINS
A garbage disposal is a convenient gadget, but it adds a large amount of solid waste to a septic tank. Any grease that solidifies when cooled will clog the drainfield. This makes absorption of the excess liquids less efficient and will eventually result in a clogged tank. Often, when we scrape our plates into the disposal, we are unaware of how much grease and sticky food gets sent to the septic system.
Harsh chemicals found in household cleaners may sound clean, but they actually destroy the necessary bacteria in the septic tank. These bacteria are what break down the solids into liquids, allowing them to drain out of the tank properly. Of course, any hazardous chemicals should never go down the drain. Not only are they corrosive to the pipes and tanks, they can pollute the drainfield and contaminate the groundwater.
A BEAUTIFUL TREE IS A PIPE’S NIGHTMARE
Trees should be planted at least 100 feet from any septic system. Be aware of existing trees when having your system installed. Check with a nursery if you are not sure what type of root system a tree has before planting around your system.
KEEP THE DRAINFIELD OUT OF THE WET AREAS
The drainfield needs to absorb water. Therefore, make sure the area drains well and is free of excess runoff from structures and landscaping.
SEPTIC SYSTEM MAINTENANCE ALLEVIATES EMERGENCIES
A septic tank will need pumped periodically. The amount of time between cleanings varies with the size of the tank and the number of people in the household. This should always be done by a professional, and you can consult with the septic installer about his/her recommendation.
A properly installed and maintained septic tank will maintain the value of your modular home and the peace of mind that your tank will perform its duties properly every time it’s used.
At Next Modular, we install the septic tank that will work at the optimum performance level for your specific needs. We are committed to your satisfaction with every aspect of our homes, and our years of experience allow us to guide you through each decision.
If you have any questions about your new modular home, Contact Next Modular at (574) 334-9590.