Garnet Valley, PA - West Grove, PA
Septic systems are meant to provide long-term treatment of household waste if operated and maintained properly but most systems tend to fail prematurely because of improper maintenance. Although septic tanks are durable, it can sometimes deteriorate or have other structural difficulties.
Preventing future septic problems is all about maintenance! If your septic system has been well taken care of, you might just have small pipe issues rather than a whole septic system failure. Pump your system every 1 to 2 years, avoid excess water usage, and be cautious of what you put down the toilet.
Always remain cautious of what goes down your toilet and sinks. This is a very helpful way to prevent a septic failure. Only flush human waste and toilet paper. Avoid flushing down dental floss, cat litter, hair, cigarette butts, cotton swabs, paper towels, diapers, condoms, dryer sheets, and even certain feminine hygiene products. All of these many items could easily cause a septic failure.
When you use a garbage disposal with a septic tank, the ground up food particles contribute to the layer of solids that is deposited on the bottom of your septic tank. Regular use of a garbage disposal can drastically increase the amount of waste you are pumping into the septic tank. Natural bacteria can’t decompose the materials quickly enough, meaning your septic tank will need to be pumped more frequently.
To properly remove all liquid and solids, and to inspect the baffles, it is recommended to use the tank access lids. Our policy is to open all compartments and pump out the entire contents of the tank. You are doing a disservice to yourself and your system to not pump through the main access openings of the tank itself!