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Taking good care of your septic tank is the best way to avoid septic tank problems. To do that, it is helpful to have a dedicated septic company on hand to advise you on how to protect the system and prevent its early demise. Here at American Waste Septic, you can expect the maintenance services and accurate information that will help you enjoy decades of trouble-free service. Follow these tips to avoid septic tank problems:

•   Timely Inspections- Even if you don’t need to have the tank pumped more often than every 3 to 5 years, plan to have it inspected more often than that to catch small problems before they become costly ones.

Follow These Tips to Avoid Septic Tank Problems [infographic]

•   Practice Water Conservation- Your septic tank and system can become overwhelmed when too much water is introduced in a short period of time. Spreading out laundry loads, taking shorter showers, and practicing water conservation in general can help you avoid this situation.

•   Minimize Garbage Disposal Use- Try not to think of the septic tank as a large underground garbage can. It is far better to compost your kitchen scraps or send them to the landfill than it is to send an abundance down the garbage disposal, where it can overwhelm the tank and system.

•   Know What is Flushable- Don’t just rely on what a product says about flushability and being safe for septic use. Ask us! We’ll be happy to advise you on what is best put into the trash can instead of being flushed.

•   Know What Shouldn’t Go Down the Drain- Avoid putting grease, oil, fats, and other non-biodegradable items down the drain or flushed down the toilet.

•   Do Not Use Antibacterial Products- There are many household cleaners and personal care products that have antibacterial features. These are not healthy for your septic tank and should be avoided.

•   Don’t Drive or Park on the Tank or Drain Field- The excess weight of a vehicle can easily damage your septic tank and crush the drain field, resulting in a very costly repair and more likely the need for replacement.

•   Avoid Deep Rooted Landscaping- Don’t plant trees, bushes, and other deep-rooted landscaping anywhere near your septic tank or drain field. They will be inclined to grow toward the source of water and nutrients leading to damage once they reach their destination.

•   Regular Maintenance- Treat your septic system as you would your vehicle by calling us for regular maintenance and pumping so you can get the longest life from it and avoid unnecessary repairs.