Septic Care: Seasonal Septic Tank Cleaning
The holidays are over, but winter certainly isn’t. We often get asked about the best time of year for seasonal septic tank cleaning and pumping, so here is our answer: now!
If you are starting to wonder about your septic system, or are considering getting it pumped, you should do so. We are happy to talk you through your specific system, water use, sanitation needs, treatment, and more, but the short answer is that septic tank pumping and cleaning is always a good idea for the care of your septic system.
Another thing to consider is your family’s schedule and needs. Are you expecting guests this spring? Or will you have children returning from college this summer? If so, definitely pump your septic tank before you have a house-full. There’s nothing worse than a septic system emergency with a full house of water-users!
Proper Care for Your System
Septic systems can become overwhelmed with a sudden increase in use. Take the time to remind your guests about the unique needs of a septic system. For your convenience, here is a list of what to avoid sending into your septic tank:
Don’t Allow Into Your Tank
- Food particles (basically anything that can go in the trash should.)
- Antibacterial soaps
- Feminine products
- Grease and fat from cooking
There is no garbage disposal that really works well for a septic tank, and I will explain a bit about why. When we eat food, our bodies process it and impregnate it with bacteria that will help it break down. When we run food through the garbage disposal, it does grind it up but does not start the breakdown process nor add the appropriate bacteria. In short, if one is to use a garbage disposal on a regular basis, they will need to pump their septic tank more often than if they do not use the disposal.
If you know that you will have guests who may not be as vigilant about the health of your septic tank as you are, it’s always wise to pump ahead of time. It will cut down on the number of potential hazards or emergencies and will give you peace of mind. It’s especially important for those who use their home as a vacation rental (even occasionally) or host guests frequently.
The good news is that almost anything that could clog your septic tank up can be removed with a pumping, and pumping/cleaning is a relatively affordable way to keep your septic system running smoothly.
Have Questions or Need Septic Maintenance
If you have questions about your septic system, please call anytime: (260)-982-7111. We are always here to help.