Do you have a septic tank? The easiest way to determine if you have sewer or septic is by looking at your water bill. If you do not pay for sewer, you are likely on a septic tank! Being on a septic tank does save money each month, however, it requires certain care that sewer does not.
If you have a septic tank, you should be following certain practices to ensure that you are not damaging the tank or drainfield lines. Here are some tips on septic tank systems!
Be Careful What you Introduce into your Plumbing System
Never flush cat litter, disposable diapers, sanitary napkins, “flushable” baby wipes, dental floss, Qtips, tampons, paper towels, facial tissues, coffee grounds, or cigarette butts and filters. These items will clog your septic tank and cause a sewage back up!
Use Garbage Disposals Wisely
Do not ever put starchy or stringy vegetables such as celery, asparagus, artichokes, lettuce, potato peels, pasta, rice, egg shells or coffee grinds in the garbage disposal.
Do Not Pour Grease Down the Drain
Milk, cooking oils, grease, or anything that is liquid but solidifies into a solid can clog up your septic tank drainfields and pipes. These items should be placed into the trash.
Avoid Hazardous Chemicals
Varnish, paint, paint thinners, motor oils, gasoline and other similar chemicals can ruin your system and are a hazard to groundwater. Dispose of them properly.
Minimize Heavy Duty Cleaners
Overuse of heavy cleaners kills beneficial bacteria in the septic tank, so solids won't break down as well. Try using vinegar as alternative to chemicals when cleaning.
Use Rid X monthly!
Using a powder, liquid, or gelpac septic tank treatment (like Rid-X or Draino Septic Tank) monthly to reduce your chances of a messy septic tank backup.
Do not Park on the Grass
Your septic tank is located in the yard. Parking on top can damage the tank.
Avoid Excessive Water Use on Rainy Days
On heavier rainy days, please do not wash clothes. As the ground is saturated with water, using excess water during heavy periods of rain fills the tank.
Promptly Report any Plumbing Issues
Dripping faucets and other leaks in the plumbing at your property can cause your tank to overfill. Promptly report any plumbing issues to our office. If you own your home, make sure to address any of these plumbing issues immediately.
If you Rent, you Can be Charged for Causing a Septic Back Up
Should you disregard these instructions causing your tank to back up, you can be charged for the cost of septic tank pumping. It is expensive! Please be careful and mindful.
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Plumbing issues can be one of a landlord's most troublesome problems!
Whether you have a septic tank or city sewer system, homeowners and landlords alike should respond to repetitive plumbing issues as soon as possible. If you are having issues with water and sewage backing up in your property, there's likely an issue with the main sewer or septic lines on your property.
Just like other items in and around your property, these major plumbing items in your home may eventually need to be replaced.
Replacing your sewer lines, septic tank, or drainfield lines are costly repairs! Why? Sewer and septic lines are buried underneath the ground and hard to access. Heavy machinery must be brought in. We recently had an up close look at drain field lines being replaced at a rental in Pensacola.
Our friends at Ensley Septic Company in Pensacola helped our property owner to install new drainfield lines in their septic system and a complex of townhomes in Northeast Pensacola. The properties were built in 1984 and had a failing drainfield system that was affecting several of the units in the building.
The residents in this building were having sewage back up into their tubs resulting from failing drain field lines connecting to the septic tank. If you have city sewer and are having these issues, it could be a sign of a clog, growth, or break in your sewer lines.
Common signs of drain septic tank or drain field issues:
- Slow draining water at toilets, showers, and sinks
- Bubbling noises
- Sewage back up
Ways to extend the life of your drainfield lines and septic tanks:
- Limit water usage
- Decrease the amount of cleaners and bleach you are using
- Do not use the dishwasher and washing machine at the same time
- Take breaks between loads of laundry
- Be cautious not to use too much water after it rains when your lines are still wet
- Have your tank pumped every couple of years
- It is best not to have a garbage disposal when you have a septic tank
Do not ever flush or introduce the following items into your septic system:
- Coffee grounds
- Paper towels, handi-wipes
- Kitchen greases
- Sanitary napikins, tampons, or condoms
- Small animals or dead fish
- Rangs, strings, or floss
- Disposable diapers
Often, these issues are exasperated by excessive water usage. If you are experiencing sewer or septic issues, limit excess water usage as much as possible to prolong the life of your sewer or septic system.
Weather can also affect the performance of your sewer or septic system. During and after periods of heavy rain, the ground around your septic system becomes too saturated to absorb your waste water.
Septic Tank Companies in Pensacola we recommend:
- Ensley Septic Tank - 850476-9610
- Extreme Pumping and Septic, LLC - 850-999-7800
- Economy Septic Tank - 850-968-5130
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