Most septic systems get pumped every four years. In between septic tank pumpings or other septic tank maintenance requirements, it is important for homeowners to consider natural and safe ways to take care of their septic system.
System repairs can be costly, so taking some of these professional tips to heart can be a great way to save money and ensure that your next system pump goes smoothly.
AVOID BLEACH WHEN CLEANING YOUR TOILET
When toilet cleaning needs arise, bleach is usually the first chemical to come to mind. Most bathroom cleaners use this bleach; however, it is not a good choice to use on your toilet. Although bleach will clean the toilet thoroughly, once it is flushed into your system, it will begin to destroy the bacteria that your septic tank needs to thrive.
For a natural toilet bowl cleaner that will not do a number on your septic system, try cleaning it with a 1/4 cup of baking soda and a 1/4 cup of vinegar.
YEAST IS HEALTHY FOR A SEPTIC SYSTEM
In order for your septic system to last, the waste that is flushed into it needs to be broken down. One way to speed up the degeneration of solids and increase the bacteria count in your tank is by flushing 1/2 cup of dry baking yeast down the toilet. The yeast promotes the growth of the bacteria that your system needs and will safely break down the waste that is slowly filling up your septic tank.
FEED YOUR SYSTEM ROTTEN TOMATOES EVERY SO OFTEN
If flushing yeast down the toilet doesn’t sound like an option you would like to pursue, another safe way to work with your septic system is to make use of some old tomatoes in the fridge. By simply grabbing your older or rotten tomatoes from the back of your refrigerator you can promote bacteria growth in your septic system by grinding them down into your garbage disposal.
3-4 rotten tomatoes every 4 months should be enough to provide good bacteria to your septic system and break down your waste.
If you do not have a garbage disposal but still need a way to get rid of your rotten tomatoes, crush them up in a bag and simply dump the bag down your toilet for the same clean effect.
AVOID PUTTING CERTAIN ADDITIVES AND ITEMS IN YOUR TANK
Although there are many different types of septic systems, several aspects of system maintenance remain. For instance, no matter the type of tank you have, you should never flush down:
- – raw or cooked meat
- – cooking oils
- – grease
- – fats
These items can solidify causing a multitude of septic complications and can lead to costly repairs.