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Septic Tank Need More Frequent Pumping? 3 Habits That May Be To Blame

Even with the most responsible upkeep, all septic tanks will need to be pumped from time to time in order to eliminate solid waste and make room for incoming waste. However, if you find that the frequency with which your tank needs pumping has increased over the years, some of your personal habits may actually be to blame for this increased frequency. Read on to learn more about three common habits that often lead to the need for more frequent septic tank pumping.

Habit #1: Flushing Items That Should Not Be Flushed

When it comes to determining what items can be flushed down the toilet, far too many people use the "if it goes down it must be okay to flush" approach. The problem with this is that just because an item can safely make it through your plumbing system without causing a clog does not mean that this item is safe for your septic tank. This is because many of the items that people flush down the toilet are not biodegradable and therefore will not break down inside a septic tank. Solid waste that cannot be broken down causes the tank to fill up much faster and therefore require more frequent pumping. Perhaps the most common item that meets this criteria is feminine hygiene products. Cigarette butts and baby wipes are also very common examples.

Habit #2: Pouring Antibacterial Cleaners Down The Drain

Antibacterial cleaning products can work wonders when it comes to keeping your home germ free and helping to prevent your family from getting ill. However, while these products may be good for you and your family, they are not good for your septic tank. This is because unlike you, your septic tank needs bacteria in order to function properly. If you are washing your antibacterial cleaning products down the drain, you could be disrupting the balance of bacteria inside your septic tank, causing it to fill up faster since the bacteria necessary for breaking down solid waste is no longer present. The easiest way to avoid this problem is to simply dump your cleaning products outside rather than washing them down your drains.

Habit #3: Frequent Use Of A Garbage Disposal

Garbage disposals can be a very convenient way of getting rid of food waste inside your home. However, if your home utilizes a septic tank, using a garbage disposal is likely to increase the frequency with which your tank must be pumped. This is because the use of a garbage disposal increases the amount of waste that is being stored in your tank. If you are looking for an alternative way to dispose of food waste rather than simply putting it in the trash can, you may wish to consider a compost pile rather than the use of a garbage disposal.

Contact a local septic service to learn more about septic tank pumping